We the undersigned, welcome the opening of the first ever fully integrated reproductive centre, the Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast.
We fully support the aims of the centre, to provide world class services including family planning, contraception, STI testing and treatment, HIV counselling, termination of pregnancy within legal limits and a 24-hour information, advice and ongoing support service.
We believe this to be a momentous development for women in Northern Ireland. For far too long, many women have been forced to travel to Britain and beyond to receive services that should always have been available at home.
It should be clear today that in Northern Ireland we as a society respect a woman's right to make her own decisions regarding sexual health and pregnancy, without judgement, guilt, opprobrium or blame.
We also wish the management and staff success in their endeavours to provide information and essential services for the women and men of Northern Ireland.