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SPUC is disturbed by Belfast court ruling against respected pro-life campaigner

25 November 2014

Bernadette Smyth is a respected pro-life campaigner

SPUC is disturbed by a ruling by a Belfast court against a respected pro-life campaigner. Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life has been found guilty of harassment against Dawn Purvis, the director of the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Belfast.

Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, said: "I find it very hard to believe that Bernadette Smyth, a highly-respected and long-serving pro-life leader, is guilty of criminal conduct.

"It would be quite wrong for her forthright opposition to abortion to be misconstrued as harassment of women considering abortion or of abortion centre staff." [SPUC, 19 November]

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