Abortion clinic prayer vigils banned by London council


Following a consultation, Ealing Council in London will now vote on whether to ban campaigners from protesting outside the Marie Stopes clinic by introducing a “buffer zone” – which pro-choice groups want to cover an area of 100 metres from the clinic.

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It comes after The Good Counsel Network, an anti-abortion group, was accused of intimidation and harassment of women entering the clinic.

The pro-life group has primarily advocated against a PSPO because of the women who have been aided and supported through pro-life groups outside of the abortion clinics.

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She has had two abortions herself, but now regrets them.

Abortion law was devolved to Holyrood as part of the Scotland Act 2016. In that spirit, Rep. Daniel Hernandez (D) proposed an amendment to include additional questions about whether the patient has access to affordable health care and sex education. “Its report stays that “‘It should be clear from the order that the only “prayer” which is prohibited is that which amounts to an act of approval/disapproval of issues relating to abortion services …

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“His private member’s bill 51 years ago [the Abortion Act 1967]has improved society for the better by saving women from the risky DIY backstreet methods of terminations that took place up until then”. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign group Be Here For Me, opted out of having an abortion when approached by a protester outside the clinic.

Student Hatty Grimes, who lives next door to the clinic, said she had been targeted by the “intimidating” demonstrators and had graphic leaflets posted through her door.

The 34-year-old said that because she was offered financial, practical and moral help, as well as accommodation, she now has a “beautiful” six-year-old daughter.

Because abortion is legal, “women don’t need to explain their reasoning to the government”, Planned Parenthood Arizona wrote in a statement following the bill’s introduction in February.

She said: “While everyone has a right to peaceful protest, it is completely unacceptable that anyone should feel harassed or intimidated simply for exercising their legal right to healthcare advice and treatment”.

I was given a real choice by the woman at the gate“, she added.

She reflects that if it hadn’t been for the “lovely staff and the support” she received once inside the clinic, she would have found getting an abortion “a lot harder to deal with.’ She explains that the presence of protestors was upsetting enough for her but wonders how it might impact someone who was in a “more difficult situation” than her; “you never know someone’s story or background” she says ‘no matter what the reason [for getting an abortion]everyone has the right to make their own decision and do what’s best for themselves”.

‘This is about supporting women who want to keep their baby.

Manchester city council passed a motion to investigate intimidation and harassment outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Fallowfield; Birmingham city council discussed a similar motion in December, proposed by two Labour councillors.


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