In response to the ruling of the High Court to uphold Ealing Council's 'Safe Zone' outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane, a bpas spokesperson today said:
“We’re delighted Ealing’s Safe Zone, which moves anti-abortion protesters away from the clinic gate, has been upheld by the High Court. Buffer zones like this one are something we at bpas have been fighting for since 2014. Women accessing healthcare services should be able to do so in confidence and dignity, without being harangued by anti-abortion campaigners on the street outside.
“But this Court judgment is not the end of the road – we know that 42 more clinics, healthcare centres, and hospitals have been targeted by anti-abortion protesters in the last 18 months and we can’t expect that every council will be able to dedicate the time and resources necessary to bringing in a PSPO.
“Women deserve the same protections no matter where they are in the country, and that’s why we need national legislation to address this national problem. It’s time for Sajid Javid and the Home Office to step up.”
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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.