Rachael Clarke, Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at bpas, said:
“bpas is deeply disappointed that yet another of our clinics is now being targeted by anti-abortion protesters. Since Sajid Javid declined to take action to put a stop to this type of activity in late 2018, 44 clinics across the UK have had to deal with anti-abortion protests.
“Our clients tell us that this type of activity is deeply distressing. Today we know that women were followed down the street as they left, that protesters were shouting to women that they ‘loved them’ as they accessed care, and protesters were walking into the road to push leaflets through the windows of cars stopped at the traffic lights.
“This type of activity is unacceptable. Women and bpas staff desperately need the government to step up and bring in buffer zones to move protesters away from the clinic gate.”
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bpas is a charity which sees nearly 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/