Ban protestors from intimidating women entering abortion clinics

Julia Bradley, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, says women are being distressed by the tactics of anti-abortion campaigners

We are appalled by the presence of protesters outside some clinics, who congregate precisely to impose their own personal views on pregnant women as they enter a centre. We believe that creating a safe space – or buffer zone – outside clinics, as urged by Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper, would go a long way to ensuring women can access this much needed service in privacy and dignity.

In recent years, we have seen an increase in protest activity outside clinics. These people position themselves right outside clinics, sometimes with cameras strapped around their necks or bearing banners showing pictures of aborted foetuses. They allege their presence is needed, because clinic staff won’t tell the truth about abortion. This could not be further from the truth. The consultation process covers all the risks (abortion is in fact a very safe procedure), complications, side effects of medications, how their chosen