Rachael Clarke, Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at bpas, said:
"BPAS are delighted that Richmond Council has decided to proceed with a Public Spaces Protection Order. Anti-abortion protesters have been outside our clinic on Rosslyn Road almost every day since 2013, distressing women and intimidating staff. This activity includes standing immediately at the clinic gate, handing out leaflets with false medical claims like abortion causes breast cancer, and larger groups singing hymns on the pavement loudly enough to be heard in the waiting room.
"In a one month period late last year we received 323 complaints from women and those accompanying them about the intense upset the protesters had caused.
"We look forward to the final decision of the council on the near future."
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Notes to Editors:
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.