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Public Debate ‘Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits’

bpas 2012 Public Debate ‘Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits’

Chaired by David Allen Green and with a panel including Ann Furedi, Chief Executive, bpas (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) and Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive, Christian Concern the debate will examine the challenges posed by the activities of anti-abortion protestors outside clinics for those with a commitment to freedom of speech:

·        How do we balance the freedoms to access and offer care with the right to oppose abortion?

·        Is limiting the freedom of speech of anti-abortion protestors necessary and proportionate to protect women?

·        Does the right to offend include those who are about to go through a medical procedure, including abortion?

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2012

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London

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Admission to this event is free and open to all but please book your place in advance with katherine.o'brien@bpas.org

David Allen Green

David Allen Green is a journalist and lawyer whose work often deals with balancing the right of free expression with other rights. He is legal correspondent of the New Statesman and head of the media law practice at Preiskel & Co. He was solicitor for Paul Chambers in the successful “Twitter Joke Trial” appeal.

Ann Furedi

Ann Furedi has been CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Service since 2003. Before then she was Director of Policy and Press for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the UK’s regulator of embryo research and assisted conception. Since 1992, Ann has championed the introduction of the non-invasive early medical‘abortion pill’ method (used under 9 weeks) in the UK, which experts now credit for allowing abortions to take place at much earlier stages on average in England, Scotland and Wales. BPAS also specialises in later abortions and provides almost 70% of all those that take place in Britain. Furedi has written extensively in defence of women’s autonomy of reproductive choice. She currently chairs the Voice for Choice coalition of UK pro-choice organisations, is a governor of a large further education college and has recently been elected to the Board of the US reproductive health research organisation, IBIS.

Andrea Minichiello Williams

Andrea Minichiello Williams is a Barrister and the founder and CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre.

At Christian Concern she leads the campaigning and policy work, seeking to restore a Christian voice into Government, law and the media, and to influence the nation with the hope of Christ. At the Christian Legal Centre she runs many of the leading religious discrimination cases in the country as she seeks to defend Christian liberties and freedom of speech in an increasingly secular and hostile society. Andrea is a wife and mother of four children