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.
Ways To Get Involved
If you’d like to support the Back Off campaign, there are lots of ways to get involved:
1. Share your experience
The government has pledged to take action on clinic protests. If you have encountered protesters outside an abortion clinic, please take a few minutes to fill in their questionnaire.
If you’d like to tell us more, you can also click here and fill in our quick online form. There’s no need to include your name or contact details if you don’t want to.
2. Set up a local resident group
To set up your own local resident group, please read this useful ‘How To’ guide from Ealing-based group Sister Supporter. You can also circulate our briefing, which informs councillors on what they can do to help.
(If you live in an area which already has a local resident group, or whose council is already considering action on buffer zones, please email email@example.com to ask us how best to help. This includes Ealing, Portsmouth, Southwark, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Guildford, Cardiff, Leeds and Richmond-upon-Thames.)
3. Write to your MP
To find out your MP’s email address, simply enter your postcode below. Once you have entered your postcode a template letter will appear that you can use or edit and then send to your MP.