Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic

Clinic has been scene of anti-abortion protests since it opened in 2012

Anti-abortion protesters at the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 18, 2012. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Anti-abortion protesters at the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 18, 2012. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Marie Stopes UK is closing its independent clinic in Belfast on December 8th, following the British government’s move earlier this year to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland.

In a statement, it said the decision would enable the charity to “focus its resources so that Northern Irish women can better access funded treatment in England”.

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