Katherine O'Brien, a spokesperson for bpas, said:
"We welcome tonight's decision, and thank Ealing Council for unanimously voting in favour of implementing a buffer zone around their local clinic.
"The evidence submitted to the Council was clear: these protesters have had a hugely detrimental impact on women accessing the clinic, the staff providing their care, and local residents. The Council was also clear that a buffer zone was their only option, as protesters have made it clear that they have no intention of amending their behaviour to prevent women being distressed.
"The protests in Ealing are sadly not isolated incidents. On a daily basis, women across the country are being confronted by increasingly aggressive groups of protesters as they try to access safe, legal healthcare. This isn't about the rights and wrongs of abortion - this is about the harassment of women. The government has a duty to provide all women with the same level of protection that will now be offered in Ealing, and must bring forward legislation to implement buffer zones nationally. We urge the government to do so as a matter of urgency, to ensure that Ealing protesters are not permitted to take their campaign of intimidation to another healthcare clinic."
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.