I felt intimated and scared to go into the clinic. I felt judged and uncomfortable. Not a nice feeling at all.
If it was my first appointment I probably wouldn’t have come in. I had to phone a family member as I didn’t want to walk past.
A lot of protestors, felt extremely intimidated & suffering from severe anxiety & depression already. These people do not help.
I feel that they do not understand how hard it is to make this decision and their presence makes it so much harder.
When arriving people were outside with signs it made me scared to come in and I was physically shaking. They shouldn’t be allowed to stand outside and people to be made to feel like this.
Having leaflets shoved in my face disregarding a much-thought about decision and being told I’d be ‘prayed for’ is an invasion of privacy in my view tantamount to harassment
I am in a total state, heart pounding. Total disgrace that someone has just started harassing me about abortion. Someone needs to stop this now.
They left a poor girl in tears after speaking to her. I told them it was none of their business. This is extremely upsetting for everyone after having to make such a difficult decision.

Back Off in the news

Council decision for buffer zone outside Portsmouth abortion clinic welcomed, 14th November 2017

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/council-decision-for-buffer-zone-outside-portsmouth-abortion-clinic-welcomed-1-8245574

Ealing Council Makes Landmark Move To Ban Pro-Life Protesters From Outside Marie Stopes Abortion, 11th October 2017

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ealing-council-ban-anti-abortion_uk_59ddc4a0e4b01df09b7748bb

Ealing Council makes landmark move in fight to stop pro-life campaigners harassing women outside west London abortion clinic, 11th October 2017

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ealing-council-make-landmark-move-in-fight-to-stop-prolife-campaigners-harassing-women-outside-west-a3655571.html

Anti-abortion supporters campaign outside Portsmouth hospital, 27th September 2017

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/anti-abortion-supporters-campaign-outside-portsmouth-hospital-1-8170808

Labour MP Rupa Huq Wants A Change In The Law To Stop Protests Outside Abortion Clinics, 26th September 2017

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/labour-mp-rupa-huq-wants-a-change-in-the-law-to-stop-protests-outside-abortion-clinics_uk_59ca8288e4b01cc57ff61cd3

Charlie Gard and the pro-life lobbyists, 12th July 2017

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charlie-gard-and-the-pro-life-lobbyists-svsfhtvxv

RCOG and FSRH publish manifesto for general election 2017, 4th May 2017

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-fsrh-manifesto-election-2017">https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-fsrh-manifesto-election-2017/">https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-fsrh-manifesto-election-2017

US style abortion picketing now over here, 8th March 2017

https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/us-abortion-picketing-going-away-471374#8rfgT74FGmciYEjb.99

Abortion Rights Campaigners Say It's "Extremely Worrying" That Anti-Abortion Protesters Used Facebook Live Outside A Clinic, 14th February 2017

https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/pro-choice-campaigners-say-its-extremely-worrying-that-anti?utm_term=.ywP15G5zDR#.ma05BWBqME

No more intimidation: how we can tackle the rise of anti-abortion protests outside UK clinics, Stylist, 28th October 2016

https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/why-we-need-buffer-zones-around-abortion-clinics-stylist-talks-to-cathy-newman?utm_content=bufferc2150&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anti-abortion activists take a worrying new approach to clinic campaigns, The Conversation, 20th October 2016

https://theconversation.com/anti-abortion-activists-take-a-worrying-new-approach-to-clinic-campaigns-67174

A new threat to free choice: how anti-abortion protesters got organised, New Humanist, 17th October 2016

https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5096/a-new-threat-to-free-choice-how-anti-abortion-protesters-got-organised

Women's groups are renewing calls to enforce protest "buffer zones" around abortion clinics, The Pool, 13th October 2016

https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2016/41/womens-groups-call-for-buffer-zone-around-abortion-clinics

Women’s Groups Put Fresh Pressure On Government To Crack Down On Anti-Abortion Protesters, Buzzfeed, 12th October 2016

https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/womens-groups-put-fresh-pressure-on-government-to-crack-down?utm_term=.clye77rB9#.yePzBBkaY

ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVISTS, The Times, 7th October 2016

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/citizenship-and-listing-foreign-employees-d8fr3xx87" target="_blank

Abortion Charities Call For “Buffer Zones” To Prevent Aggressive Protests Outside Clinics, Buzzfeed, 6th October 2016

https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/abortion-charities-call-for-buffer-zones-to-prevent-aggressi?utm_term=.ltrAyyNJ4#.hedXRR9Qr

Cathy Newman: What happened the day I confronted a zealous anti-abortion protester, Telegraph, 5th October 2016

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/cathy-newman-what-happened-the-day-i-confronted-a-zealous-anti-a/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Undercover: Britain's Abortion Extremists, Dispatches, 5th October 2016

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/62890-001

NHS sends vulnerable women to a pregnancy advice service run by anti-abortion fanatics, Mail on Sunday, 2nd October 2016

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3817411/NHS-sends-vulnerable-women-pregnancy-advice-service-run-anti-abortion-fanatics.html

No one should have to run this gauntlet: Channel 4 News presenter on the pressure women face from the growing anti-abortion movement, Mail on Sunday, 2nd October 2016

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3817411/NHS-sends-vulnerable-women-pregnancy-advice-service-run-anti-abortion-fanatics.html

Anti-abortion campaigner John Preston fined over Tasmanian protest, ABC News, 27th July 2016

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-27/fine-for-anti-abortion-protester-over-tasmanian-protest/7665776

'Great relief': Anti-abortion protesters respecting new ban outside clinic, CBC News, 14th July 2016

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/anti-abortion-protesters-bubble-stjohns-court-order-1.3677269

Anti-abortion activists plan online push in Britain, Guardian, 9th June 2016

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/09/anti-abortion-activists-plan-online-push-britain-life?CMP=share_btn_tw

Victoria abortion protest laws fast tracked, SBS, 2nd May 2016

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/05/02/vic-abortion-protest-laws-fast-tracked

Petition demanding protesters to keep their distance from abortion clinics reaches 160,000 signatures, Independent, 19th January 2016

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/petition-demanding-protestors-to-keep-their-distance-from-abortion-clinics-reaches-160000-signatures-a6822011.html

People on a London street have been locked in conflict with abortion protesters for two years, BuzzFeed, 13th January 2016

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/people-on-a-london-street-have-been-locked-in-a-battle-with#.vmbrVNqZl

New Buffer Zones petition for abortion clinics, December 2015

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/114853

Selfish anti- abortion protesters must be stopped from hurting British women, Telegraph, 28th October 2015

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11959832/Abortion-clinic-protests-British-women-are-frightened.-This-must-stop.html

Isn’t it time we banned anti-abortion protesters from health centres, The Huffington Post, 28th October 2015

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rosa-ellis/abortion-clinic-protests_b_8398682.html

Rise in ‘anti-abortion protests’ in England and Wales, BBC News, 26th October 2015

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34641228

Anti-abortion protests outside clinics rise, BBC News, 26th October 2015

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34644369

Study shows how distressing anti-abortion ‘vigils’ are for women, Broadly, 23rd October 2015

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/study-shows-how-distressing-anti-abortion-vigils-are-for-women?utm_content=bufferf7596&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Here’s how anti-abortion protesters are targeting GP clinics, BuzzFeed, 8th September 2015

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/heres-how-anti-abortion-protesters-are-targeting-gp-clinics#.kmLbkDNdx

Yvette Cooper proposes protest-free buffer zones outside abortion clinics, New Statesman, 10th August 2015

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/08/yvette-cooper-proposes-protest-free-buffer-zones-outside-abortion-clinics

Public figures write to Jeremy Hunt to demand protection for abortion clinics under threat, BHA, 27th July 2015

https://humanism.org.uk/2015/07/27/public-figures-write-to-jeremy-hunt-to-demand-protection-for-abortion-clinics-under-threat-from-hardline-religious-activists

Bernadette Smyth: anti-abortion protester wins appeal, BBC news, 29th June 2015

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-33317597

Establish buffer zones around abortion clinics to protect women from protesters, say MP’s, Independent, 24th June 2015

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/establish-buffer-zones-around-abortion-clinics-to-protect-women-from-protesters-say-mps-10341844.html

100,000 call for anti abortion protesters to back off, bpas blog, 13th March 2015

https://bpas1968.tumblr.com/post/113505174373/100000-call-for-anti-abortion-protesters-to-back

Do abortion clinic buffer zones violate freedom of speech? The Week, 4th March 2015

https://www.theweek.co.uk/abortion/62791/do-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-violate-freedom-of-speech

120,000- signature petition calls for protesters to ‘back off’ abortion clinics, Swindon Advertiser, 4th March 2015

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11833912.120_000_signature_petition_calls_for_protesters_to____back_off____abortion_clinics

Why these graphic posters were outside Downing Street, i100, 4th March 2015

https://i100.independent.co.uk/article/why-these-graphic-posters-were-outside-downing-street

Abortion protests: Can't we all just agree harassment of women is wrong? Luciana Berger MP for the Telegraph, 10th December 2014

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11284506/Abortion-protests-Cant-we-all-just-agree-harassment-of-women-is-wrong.html

Women attending abortion clinics have a right not to be menaced, Yvette Cooper MP for the Independent, 9th December 2014

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/women-attending-abortion-clinics-have-a-right-not-to-be-menaced-9913654.html

A small step towards combatting harassment, Progress, 9th December 2014

https://www.progressonline.org.uk/2014/12/09/a-small-step-towards-combatting-harassment

Yvette Cooper MP calls for buffer zones outside abortion clinics, ITV News, 8th December 2014

https://www.itv.com/news/2014-12-08/hunts-statements-on-abortion-deeply-worrying

Abortion buffer zones: free speech v free choice, Channel 4 News, 8th December 2014

https://www.channel4.com/news/abortion-buffer-zone-clinics-protesters-yvette-cooper

Labour calls for US-style 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics to stop protesters hassling patients, Daily Mail 8th December 2014

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2865922/Labour-calls-style-buffer-zones-abortion-clinics-stop-protesters-hassling-patients.html

How the UKs abortion debate was revived, Left Foot Forward, 4th December 2014

https://leftfootforward.org/2014/12/how-the-uks-abortion-debate-was-revived

Pregnant woman shuts down anti-abortion protesters in the most incredible way, Metro, 4th December 2014

https://metro.co.uk/2014/12/04/pregnant-woman-shuts-down-anti-abortion-protestors-in-the-most-incredible-way-4973766

Back Off campaign calls for buffer zone around clinics banning anti-abortion protestors, Cosmopolitan, 1st December 2014

https://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a31594/buffer-zone-abortion-clinics-back-off-campaign

The Antis Need to ‘Back Off’, But We Need to Talk About Abortion, 30th November 2014

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lisa-hallgarten/abortion-rights-uk_b_6243730.html

Calls for law to stop anti-abortion protests outside clinics, BBC Newsbeat, 28th November 2014

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30126873

It’s time for anti-abortion protesters to back off, Guardian, 28th December 2014

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/28/anti-abortion-protestors-back-off-clinic-buffer-zones

Jesus Christ would be ashamed of 'Christian' abortion protestors , Telegraph, 20th November 2014

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11243165/Jesus-Christ-would-be-ashamed-of-Christian-abortion-protestors.html