A bpas spokesperson said:
“We are pleased that the government is finally acknowledging the impact of clinic protests and committing to protecting women and healthcare staff from anti-abortion harassment. It is also incredibly heartening to hear from the Home Secretary that this review will result in real action, rather than the well-meaning but ultimately meaningless words that were for far too long the hallmark of the government response on this issue.
“Across the country, women seeking legal healthcare services are being filmed, followed, and intimidated by a small number of individuals with extreme views on abortion. We would not accept this behaviour in any other kind of setting or targeted at any other group of individuals. We trust that the review process will take in to account the experience of the women accessing abortion services and the staff who provide this care, and conclude in a timely fashion to prevent this national problem escalating any further.”
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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.