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On a daily basis in the UK, women are filmed, followed and intimidated by anti-abortion protesters standing directly outside clinics. Women should be able to access legal healthcare free from intimidation and harassment. We believe we need specific legislation to ensure women can access pregnancy advice and abortion centres free from interference.
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The right to protest needs to be balanced with the right of pregnant women to obtain advice and treatment in confidence and free from intimidation. For those who wish to campaign to restrict women’s reproductive choices, there are plenty of opportunities and locations in which to do so. The space immediately outside clinics should not be one of them. Establishing protest-free zones outside centres would provide the reassurance and security women and healthcare staff need.
This campaign is led by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and supported by dozens of organisations dedicated to the protection of women’s health and rights.
I had always heard of people protesting abortion clinics but never imagined that someone would use god and religion as a guise to confront me with judgement and intimidation. Making the choice to have an abortion is a very personal decision. It takes time and reflecting and weighing and exploring all of your options and coming to the best one for yourself and your family.