More than 100 MPs have put their names to a letter urging the government to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics.
A bpas spokesperson said:
"We have been incredibly disappointed by the government’s lack of action on anti-abortion clinic protests. Women are being harassed and intimidated on a daily basis when trying to access a legal healthcare service. It’s hard to imagine that this behaviour would be ignored or permitted in any other circumstances. As a result of the government’s intransigence, anti-abortion groups have become emboldened, and protests have intensified.
"This isn’t about the rights and wrongs of abortion. This is about protecting women. There is clear cross-party support for buffer zones, and we hope the government will do the right thing and bring forward legislation as soon as possible."
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.