How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women
Phoebe Braithwaite
19 December 2017

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

Anti-abortion activists gathered outside the UK Houses of Parliament on 27 October to protest 50 years since the passing into law of the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. Nina Naidu* was working nearby, and went to take a closer look.

Like many women in the UK, she had previous, personal experience with both abortion and virulent anti-choice demonstrators. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old decided to terminate a pregnancy, and was accosted by protestors on the way to her appointment.

Continued at source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/phoebe-braithwaite/uk-anti-abortion-american-tactics-shock-shame

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UK: ‘This is groundbreaking’: the activists ending harassment at abortion clinics

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'This is groundbreaking’: the activists ending harassment at abortion clinics

Tired of women having to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion vigils, UK campaigners are making history with protective buffer zones

Alexandra Topping
Friday 27 October 2017

A young woman with blue hair and a wide smile cycles past the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London. When she spots the Sister Supporter volunteers wearing luminous pink tabards emblazoned with the words “pro-choice”, she rings her bell and calls out: “Well done! I think it’s incredible what you have done.”

The group, set up just two years ago, has achieved minor celebrity status in this part of west London. Along with others, it helped convince the council earlier this month to vote in favour of a implementing a buffer zone around the clinic, to protect women from persistent anti-abortion protesters. After a two-month consultation, barring any unforeseen interventions, the ruling will come into effect and the protesters will be pushed back.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/27/abortion-clinic-ealing-london-buffer-zone-activists-women?CMP=share_btn_link

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Australia: Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

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Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

In a victory for women’s rights, a demonstrator has been found guilty of breaching safe access zones in Victoria

Tania Penovic and Ronli Sifris
Friday 13 October 2017

A 14-year-old girl, scared and vulnerable, realises that she is pregnant. A 43-year-old unemployed mother of five whose husband is recently deceased discovers she is pregnant and does not know how she will cope with another child. A 36-year-old woman with a planned pregnancy is processing a diagnosis of severe foetal abnormality.

Each year many Australian women deal with problem pregnancies. Some decide to continue with the pregnancy and some decide to terminate the pregnancy. Whatever the decision, they have a right to seek unbiased professional counselling and appropriate medical care; and they have a right to do so without being harassed, intimidated or interfered with as they are entering a clinic that provides the full range of reproductive health services. This is why Victoria’s safe access zone legislation, which prohibits certain conduct within 150m of a clinic at which abortions are provided, is so important.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/anti-abortion-protestors-have-acted-with-impunity-for-decades-that-ends-now

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UK: Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics

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Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics

Ealing council, in west London, votes to prevent protest as Labour MP calls for amendment to domestic violence bill to protect women visiting clinics

Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Thursday 12 October 2017

Anti-abortion protests outside clinics across the UK could be halted using antisocial behaviour legislation, a Labour MP has said, after her council took a significant decision to stop a group from approaching women at a west London clinic.

Rupa Huq MP said a “national and permanent response” was needed after Ealing councillors voted overwhelmingly this week in favour of a motion to stop the anti-abortion groups from protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/anti-social-behaviour-ruling-could-halt-anti-abortion-protests-outside-clinics

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UK: Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside Marie Stopes clinic

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Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside Marie Stopes clinic

Sophie Jamieson
11 October 2017

A local authority has voted to take action to stop pro-life campaigners "intimidating and harassing" women outside an abortion clinic.

The protesters could be banned from assembling outside the clinic after councilors voted overwhelmingly to take the "ground-breaking" decision.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anti-abortion-protesters-could-banned-standing-outside-marie/

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UK: Ealing Council to consider anti-abortion protest order

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Ealing Council to consider anti-abortion protest order

9 October 2017
From the section London

A London council is considering legal action against anti-abortion protesters accused of "harassing" women attending a clinic.

Ealing Council will discuss options to prevent "the daily disruption and intimidation" at Marie Stopes clinic in Mattock Lane, Ealing.

Some protesters used "deliberately disturbing images", the council said.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-41549235

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Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

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Canada province to ban abortion protests outside clinics

5 October 2017

A Canadian province is tabling legislation that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. Ontario's attorney general announced on Thursday that the government will introduce the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act.

If passed, the legislation would create "safe access zones" around abortion clinics as well as the homes of staff. Anti-abortion activists would not be allowed to protest within at least 50m (164ft) of a clinic or staff residence.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41516615

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Australia: ‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

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‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

Daniel Emerson
Monday, 14 August 2017

Health Minister Roger Cook has made the case for “safe access zones” banning protests around abortion clinics, setting the scene for a bruising ideological brawl in the lead-up to Labor’s State conference.

The Left’s powerful United Voice faction has thrown its weight behind a suite of women’s health policies by a new internal group called WA Labor for Choice, which includes free, taxpayer-funded abortions anywhere in the State.

Continued at source: The West Australian: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/labors-abortion-protest-row-ng-b88566347z

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Australia: ‘Pretty tense’: What it’s like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

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'Pretty tense': What it's like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

June 6 2017
Amelia Paxman

When Bridget Dominic booked an appointment at a Sydney clinic in November 2015, she didn't expect to have to contend with a cluster of anti-abortion protesters standing outside.

Bridget wasn't having an abortion – she was getting an IUD inserted at the clinic, which specialises in terminations but offers a range of other gynaecological services.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/pretty-tense-what-its-like-to-run-the-gauntlet-of-antiabortion-protesters-20170605-gwkqbr.html

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U.S.: Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality

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Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality
The Planned Parenthood project shows just how difficult accessing abortion can be.

By Jenavieve Hatch
May 24, 2017

As abortion access continues to come under threat in Congress, women who are trying to access the procedure are regularly confronted with anti-abortion harassment and vitriol outside of clinics nationwide. Planned Parenthood’s new virtual reality video, “Across the Line,” aims to show just how intense that experience can be.

The 8-minute video opens with a patient meeting her doctor, and recovering from the harassment she was victim to on the sidewalk.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/witness-the-trauma-of-abortion-clinic-harassment-in-virtual-reality_us_59258870e4b0650cc020a068

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