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Like almost all Northern Ireland politicians, Health Minister Edwin Poots says he doesn’t want the clinic in Belfast but it can operate as long as it observes all existing laws.

“If they break the law, they will be prosecuted,” he told lawmakers.

The clinic also offers information on women’s reproductive health topics such as contraceptives or sexually transmitted diseases.

The clinic’s legal inability to offer any abortion option to women more than nine weeks pregnant means that those women seeking abortions because their fetus has been diagnosed with fatal abnormalities still must travel to Britain.