bpas comment on Richmond Council’s decision to introduce the UK’s second abortion clinic buffer zone

Matthew Richards, Treatment Unit Manager at bpas Richmond said:

"BPAS and the Richmond Team are overjoyed that Richmond Council have made the decision to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order.

“The team can now continue to offer a safe and accessible health service knowing that the women attending the clinic will be free from intimidation and harassment from anti-abortion protestors.

“The team strongly believe in the right for women to make decisions about their own body without judgement or fear and this decision will allow all our staff to carry on creating a safe space for women to safely discuss and explore their pregnancy options.”

Rachael Clarke, Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at bpas added:

“The protest in Richmond has been a persistent problem for our staff and the women we treat since the protesters began attending every day in 2014. Our evidence to the council showed that in a one month period at the end of last year, 323 separate people complained to the clinic about their presence.

“Richmond has tonight taken a strong decision to support the rights of women in South West London. We will continue to work with other local councils to ensure that women across England and Wales are given the same protection.”

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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 80,000 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. More information can be found at bpas.org.