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Conservatives Outraged by Ireland's 1st Abortion Clinic

Marie Stopes International braces for public battle
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2012 5:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – With Ireland's first-ever abortion clinic set to open next week, social conservatives are outraged and clinic officials are hoping for a little public support, the AP and Salon report. Initiated by an NGO called Marie Stopes International, the Belfast clinic will offer non-surgical procedures for women pregnant for less than 9 weeks—if doctors agree the pregnancy would threaten her mental or physical health. But social conservatives say hospitals already offer abortions for women whose life is at risk.

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"What is the need for this clinic?" asked a Protestant lawmaker. "There must be an ulterior motive to try and push the boundaries." Dawn Purvis, director of the new clinic, says it "will provide a safe, caring, sensitive environment for integrated family planning in Northern Ireland for the first time." Abortions that save a woman's life have been legal in the British territory since 1992, but lawmakers have never issued clear legal guidelines for doctors. (Read more abortion stories.)

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