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Abortion pills to be distributed at Belfast pro-choice rally

 The abortion debate has ignited strong feelings on both sides

ABORTION pills are to be distributed via a remotely-controlled robot at a pro-choice rally in Belfast today.

Feminist group Rosa NI will park its bus outside Laganside Court at midday where pills will be distributed "under medical supervision".

It is understood a doctor in the Netherlands will be operating the robot. 

Rosa and fellow organisers Women on Waves and Women on Web said they will hold rallies at the constituency offices of prominent pro-life MLAs and MPs from the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and the SDLP.

Protesters will then hold a final rally in Derry. 

Abortions in the north are illegal unless there is a serious risk to a woman's life or health.

Bernadette Smyth, of anti-abortion group Precious Life, branded the bus a "publicity stunt" and called on police to intervene.

"We call on Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride to urgently issue information to women about the serious dangers of these illegal abortion pills," she said.

The PSNI has been contacted for comment.


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