Just over a year ago, crowds gathered at Dublin Castle following the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

"The North is next" was printed and painted on a number of signs that were held aloft and became a slogan and a hashtag for repeal campaigners.

Access to abortion is limited in Northern Ireland.

It is legal in exceptional circumstances, when there is a risk to physical or mental health with permanent or long-term consequences.

The limited access is one that is welcomed by the pro-life campaign, Precious Life.

Its Director, Bernadette Smyth, describes the referendum result as "a tragedy".

Involved in the movement for 21 years, she is responsible for bringing the Stanton Project to Northern Ireland.

Stanton Healthcare HQ is located in Idaho in the United States.

Precious Life bought into the brand three years ago, allowing the Northern Ireland branch access and support from Stanton HQ, but not funding.

The Northern Ireland Centre will hold a banquet in Belfast this weekend to raise money and awareness for the Belfast Office.

The group will do "whatever it takes" to help a woman in a crisis pregnancy, including offering housing, paying for oil and providing baby supplies including prams and buggies.

"We have friends in high places", said Ms Smyth, "and lots of pro-life friends make homes available, apartments available so everything is voluntary".

With no Stormont Assembly and little movement from the British government on abortion services in Northern Ireland, legislation does not look forthcoming in the immediate term.

However, Ms Smyth says the threat is there from political parties but she is hopeful that the law remains the same.

According to the pro-choice campaign, opinion polls in Northern Ireland say two-thirds of the population want abortion reform.

However, according to the Alliance for Choice group, the challenge is the DUP coalition with the Tory government.

The group believes devolution is an excuse by the British government not to do anything in Northern Ireland.

It did, however, change its policy two years ago, allowing free abortions to women in Northern Ireland under the NHS.

That has resulted in an increase in the number of women from Northern Ireland travelling for abortions in England and Wales.

The Northern Ireland Abortion Support Network met Minister for Health Simon Harris last December to discuss the provision of free abortion services for women from the North in the Irish healthcare system, but little has happened since.

Currently, Northern Irish women have to pay €450 to use services south of the border.

Alliance for Choice's Co-Chair Emma Campbell points out that under the Good Friday Agreement, people in Northern Ireland should have parity of rights with people in the south as well as the rest of the UK.

"So we're not very happy with how progress is being made in terms of access in Ireland", she says.

Alliance for Choice says the group is looking at the long term towards abortion legislation.

It predicts that it could take a decade "to get things up and running and get the rights we need to cover everybody and ensure no one is left behind".

A spokesperson for Minister Harris said the proposal to facilitate access without charge to women from Northern Ireland raises a number of legal and policy issues.

She said the Department of Health has committed to undertaking a detailed examination of these issues in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office and other Government departments if necessary.