Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor has expressed his concern and dismay at news that the Marie Stopes organisation is to offer abortion services at a private clinic in Belfast.
In a statement last night, Bishop Treanor said the opening of the facility in the diocese would further undermine the sanctity and dignity of human life in society.
The private clinic is due to open next Thursday at Great Victoria Street in central Belfast.
The clinic will offer non-surgical abortions to women who are up to nine weeks' pregnant.
In recent years, an average of almost 50 legal abortions have been carried out in Northern Ireland at National Health Service clinics.