First ever Irish abortion clinic to open in Belfast next week

The first ever clinic to offer abortions on the island of Ireland will open in one weeks' time.

Marie Stopes International is setting up a centre on Great Victoria Street in Belfast, which will be open to women over the age of 16, including those who travel from the Republic.

Women who attend will have a consultation and a scan before two doctors assess whether they're eligible for an early medical abortion, up to 9 weeks into their pregnancy.

Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Dawn Purvis is the centre's programme director - she's has outlined what the procedure entails:

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