UK – Council ban on protests outside abortion clinic upheld by appeal court

Council ban on protests outside abortion clinic upheld by appeal court
Anti-abortion activists argued Ealing’s buffer zone for Marie Stopes clinic was unjustified

Frances Perraudin and agencies
Wed 21 Aug 2019

Anti-abortion activists have lost a court of appeal challenge against a council’s decision to ban protesters from gathering outside a clinic in west London.

Judges on Wednesday dismissed an appeal against an earlier ruling that the restrictions imposed by Ealing council outside a Marie Stopes clinic were justified.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/aug/21/council-ban-on-protests-outside-abortion-clinic-upheld-by-court-of-appeal

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Inside the ‘fake clinics’ where women are persuaded to carry pregnancies to term

Inside the 'fake clinics' where women are persuaded to carry pregnancies to term
‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ give counseling, pregnancy tests – and outnumber abortion providers three to one in Georgia

by Khushbu Shah in Milledgeville, Georgia
Fri 16 Aug 2019

In her office at the Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Milledgeville, Georgia, Pam Alford hung a picture of a grave-filled cemetery in memory of the thousands of the abortions taking place every day in America. Or so says the caption.

Other indications of the center staff’s attitude to abortion fill public areas of the building. Someone has stenciled “life is beautiful” in a hallway. Figurines of Jesus and the cross line the lunch area walls.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/16/georgia-abortion-crisis-pregnancy-centers

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USA – The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside

The safe house shielding patients as abortion wars rage outside
The Power House gives women a place of sanctuary as they wait for their procedures at Montgomery’s only abortion clinic next door

by Khushbu Shah in Montgomery, Alabama
Thu 15 Aug 2019

The group of women gathered on the porch of a single story house next door to Montgomery’s only abortion clinic had all been strangers until minutes ago. Now one splayed comfortably across a wicker couch, a few chain-smoked and all gripped cell phones as a humid Alabama summer morning dampened the air.

They were all at an abortion safe house – called the Power House – which was brightly lit and whose doors had been unlocked before the sun rose.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/15/abortion-safe-house-alabama

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Abortion in the south: The ‘escorts’ who ward off protesters at Mississippi’s lone clinic

Abortion in the south: The 'escorts' who ward off protesters at Mississippi's lone clinic
‘Clinic escorts’ create a buffer between protesters and women arriving at the clinic as its role becomes ever more important

by Khushbu Shah in Jackson, Mississippi
Tue 13 Aug 2019

Kim Gibson wore a pastel rainbow-striped vest with the words “clinic escort” in bold, black letters as she glanced over at the arriving white van. She was irritated by the sudden appearance in Jackson of more Christian anti-abortion protesters in front of Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic.

She watched as the vehicle pulled up, letting out two sisters. They dropped picket signs onto the Jackson sidewalk before their mother drove off to park. When she walked back with her teenage son, Gibson yelled: “Shame what you do to these children. Shame, shame, shame.”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/13/mississippi-lone-abortion-clinic

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Andrew Little’s abortion reforms could ban protests outside clinics

Andrew Little's abortion reforms could ban protests outside clinics

Thomas Coughlan
Aug 05 2019

Protesting outside clinics that offer abortions could be banned under proposals outlined by the Government on Monday.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the changes would allow "safe areas" to be created outside abortion clinics that would essentially prevent anti-abortion activists from protesting within 150m of the site.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/114764111/andrew-littles-abortion-reforms-could-ban-protests-outside-clinics

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UK – Anti-abortion protesters contest ban at Court of Appeal

Anti-abortion protesters contest ban at Court of Appeal

16 July 2019

Anti-abortion campaigners have told judges a "buffer zone" outside a London clinic defies their right to protest.

Attendees of a vigil run by the Good Counsel Network (GCN) have challenged a ban on protests targeting users of the Marie Stopes facility in Ealing.

The 330ft (100m) buffer zone was imposed by Ealing Council in April 2018 after women complained of intimidation.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-49002638

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Ireland – ‘What happened in relation to Holles Street was pretty disgusting’ – Simon Harris says exclusion zones will be a priority

'What happened in relation to Holles Street was pretty disgusting' - Simon Harris says exclusion zones will be a priority
“We shouldn’t have to change the law to have a basic understanding of decency,” Harris said.

July 11, 2019

EXCLUSION ZONES OUTSIDE hospitals and GP surgeries will be a “major priority” in the new Dáil term, according to Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Exclusion zones are intended to prevent protesters demonstrating within a certain distance of facilities providing abortion care.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/exclusion-zones-around-hospitals-4720345-Jul2019/

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Ireland – Harris accused of letting abortion protest exclusion zones ‘fall off the agenda’

Harris accused of letting abortion protest exclusion zones 'fall off the agenda'
The group that staged a protest outside the National Maternity Hospital with three small white coffins plans to return this Saturday.

July 10, 2019

MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has been accused of letting legislation to introduce protest exclusion zones around maternity hospitals fall off the government’s agenda.

Pro-life protesters staged a demonstration with three white child-size coffins outside the National Maternity Hospital last weekend. This group is planning to return this Saturday.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/exclusion-zones-4718492-Jul2019/

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USA – Abortion Clinics Don’t Want Demonstrators Around, Even If They’re Pro-Choice

Abortion Clinics Don't Want Demonstrators Around, Even If They're Pro-Choice
Inside the fight taking place at U.S. clinics.

by Rebecca Grant
Jul 9 2019

As an abortion rights advocate in a state trying to ban abortion, Helmi Henkin isn't usually in the position of turning away support.

Henkin chairs of the clinic escort program for West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, one of the three abortion clinics left in Alabama, and formerly lead communications for The Yellowhammer Fund, the only statewide abortion fund. In May, an anti-abortion protester tried to run over a WAWC escort in the parking lot with an SUV. One week later, Governor Kay Ivey signed an extreme abortion ban into law and, since then, Alabama has been in the national spotlight as a harbinger of what’s to come. Henkin has found that since the law’s signing, pro-choice advocates across the country feel an urgency to do something about it. Some send money, while others want to protect abortion clinics in a more physical way.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xzjjk/what-is-abortion-clinic-defense

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‘Americanized’ anti-abortion protests are on the rise in the UK. But a fight back has begun

'Americanized' anti-abortion protests are on the rise in the UK. But a fight back has begun

By Amy Woodyatt, CNN
Tue July 9, 2019

London (CNN) Monika Neall was standing outside an abortion clinic in Manchester when she saw a woman in her mid-20s dart out the doors. The woman moved towards a parked car, then suddenly froze.

On the ground nearby lay plastic fetus models, candles and images of mothers gazing adoringly at babies. Panicking, she caught Neall's eye. "That's my car," she said, her voice starting to crack.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/09/europe/anti-abortion-manchester-protests-uk-gbr-intl/index.html

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