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This article was originally published by 38 degrees on Wed 2 Oct 2019. Read the original here.

Stop anti-abortion protesters from harassing and intimidating women

Introduce buffer zones outside all abortion clinics in the UK to stop anti-abortion protesters from harassing and intimidating wom

To: Home Secretary – Priti Patel

Why is this important?

It’s hard to imagine just how traumatising walking through an anti-abortion picket must be. Women have holy water thrown on them, leaflets on drug addiction stuffed into their hands and are followed by shouts of “mummy, mummy don’t kill me”. That’s not peaceful protest, that’s intimidation.

Right now, Britain is being increasingly influenced by US-style tactics, where women are harassed and intimidated as they enter clinics.

It’s time for the government to make sure that women making the private decision to visit a family planning clinic are treated with dignity and respect, not bullying and abuse.

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