New clinic must be regulated - Kelly

UPPER Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has moved to reaffirm her party’s stance on abortion ahead of the opening of the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast this week.

“The SDLP is a pro-life party and remains opposed to any extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland,” said the party’s deputy leader.

“Any sexual health and pregnancy service operating in this region must work within the legislative and regulative boundaries in this jurisdiction.

“Further clarification is required on how this health service provider will be monitored and regulated.
“Everyone’s focus must be on promoting better health and empowering women in particular to prevent crisis pregnancies.

“Many health care professionals and non-statutory organisations are already working hard to this end and to support women. Marie Stopes must do the same.”