Closure of Marie Stopes is a victory for our protestors

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

When Marie Stopes opened in Belfast in 2012, Precious Life made a vow to ‘close the door’ on it.

For the past five years, Precious Life has maintained a pro-life presence outside the office – sacrificing many hours in reaching out to abortion-minded women, thus saving countless lives.

Marie Stopes has never been needed – nor wanted! – in Northern Ireland.

In fact, over 70,000 people signed our STOP MARIE STOPES Petition Campaign, which was presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2013.

Then the majority of Assembly members voted against private abortion centres like Marie Stopes operating in Northern Ireland.

This closure of Marie Stopes is all down to the dedication, commitment, and hard work of Precious Life volunteers.

We will now accelerate our efforts in helping women with unplanned pregnancies, with agencies like Stanton Healthcare NI – because women and babies deserve better than Marie Stopes.

Bernadette Smyth, director of Precious Life