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Marie Stopes Clinic

The Health Minister warned that the law on abortion was not a "paper tiger" and that the new Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast would be "well-advised to observe the law", in 15 October 2015.

Edwin Poots, replying to an urgent oral question from the TUV's Jim Allister, said anyone who carried out abortions outside the legislation was breaking the law, which could result in life imprisonment.

Asked about guidance on the legislation, Mr Poots said this was a legal minefield and he was not able to bring forward guidance at present that was not foolproof against a judicial review.

The minister said he would not support the 1967 Abortion Act even if the legal limit was reduced to 12 weeks. He vowed always to resist the act and said pro-choice was no choice.

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