Anti-abortion clinic in Northern Ireland claims terminations ‘fill breasts with cancer’ and make women infertile
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By Hayley Richardson
2nd June 2018
AN anti-abortion clinic in Northern Ireland has been caught telling women that having a termination will “fill their breasts with cancer” and make them infertile.
An undercover investigation by The Times found a counsellor made the false claims at the Belfast clinic of Stanton Healthcare, which was set up by US anti-abortion activists.
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An average of 11 women travel each day from the island of Ireland to have an abortion in England and Wales, according to the most recent Department of Health data. That adds up to more than 200,000 journeys since 1983, when the passing of the Eighth Amendment underlined the ban on abortions in the republic.
In Northern Ireland, the potential punishment for contravening the ban is even more severe. “It’s much more difficult even to have a conversation about abortion in Belfast,” says Jess Brien, a 25-year-old pro-choice campaigner who lives in Northern Ireland’s capital, “because the maximum sentence for having one here is life imprisonment.”