The Last Abortion Clinic in West Virginia
Nov 18, 2019
The Women’s Health Center in Charleston, West Virginia is an unassuming, single-story beige brick building in a shabby neighborhood, just steps from the train tracks and a crisis pregnancy center, a shuttered vape shop, and a row of small homes surrounded by chainlink fences. I visited the center, the last abortion clinic in the state, on a Wednesday in June, one of the two days each week that the clinic performs abortions. Christopher McComas, 52, stood by the entrance to the clinic’s parking lot, equipped with a cell phone that he trained at everyone who approached the clinic.
“Hey brother, can I talk to you for a second? Please, for a second? Do you think it’s going to be a boy or a girl? Does it have blue eyes, or maybe brown eyes?” McComas yelled at one couple, a tall photo of a blood-covered fetus propped up by his side. “God loves you, please don’t do this ma’am! I beg you not to do this! It could be a boy or a girl,” he continued to yell at the couple as they entered the clinic, shielded by a large umbrella held by a clinic escort. “It could have brown hair!”
Andrew Little's abortion reforms could ban protests outside clinics
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.
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.
Glasgow Council's abortion protest buffer zone report overdue
By Tamsin Selbie, BBC Scotland
23 March 2019
A pledge to look at how to implement "buffer zones" outside abortion clinics at Glasgow hospitals has missed its deadline, BBC Scotland has learned.
Glasgow City Council passed a motion in June last year backing the safe spaces "to protect women from obstruction or harassment when accessing services".
The move gained cross-party support and a report on how it could be done was promised by the end of last year.
Priest charged in abortion bubble-zone flap to mount 'free speech' defence
October 31, 2018
A Roman Catholic priest charged under Ontario’s new “bubble zone” law protecting abortion clinics is vowing to challenge the accusation as a violation of his constitutional right to freedom of expression.
Father Anthony Van Hee, 83, a fixture on Parliament Hill for his anti-abortion protests, moved his silent demonstration across the street from the Morgentaler Clinic, on Bank Street near Sparks, on Oct. 24.
Lawyers urge caution on Qld abortion laws
1:47pm Sep 12, 2018
Legal experts have warned parts of proposed laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland could be found unconstitutional.
A state parliamentary committee conducted a public hearing in Brisbane on Wednesday, with a variety of stakeholders giving their views on the proposed laws.
Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood
July 26 2018
Protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics are being monitored by police with a view to a possible crackdown.
Aileen Campbell, the public health minister, said that pro-life protests could be distressing for women and action may be required.
Some councils want “buffer zones” to keep demonstrators away from patients and staff after a surge in pro-life vigils.
Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say
By Megan Hendry and Amy McCosker
July 25, 2018
Pro-choice advocates have thrown their support behind proposed changes to Queensland's abortion laws, saying it will give women in regional and remote areas better access to services.
Women in a large parts of north and west Queensland have limited access to abortion services and have been forced to travel vast distances to Rockhampton, Townsville or even interstate, according to not-for-profit abortion service provider, Marie Stopes Australia.
Decision to ban protests at London abortion clinic upheld
Campaigners lose high court challenge over protest-free buffer zone at clinic in Ealing
Mon 2 Jul 2018
A council’s decision to ban anti-abortion protesters from gathering outside a London clinic has been upheld in the high court.
Campaigners lost a legal challenge to a move by Ealing council to create a 100-metre, protest-free “buffer zone” around the Marie Stopes clinic. The council was the first in the country to take such a decision in an attempt to shield women from demonstrators.
Abolish three-day waiting period for abortion, TD demands
Heads of a Bill to regulate the termination of pregnancy is due to be published next month
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has called on the Government to remove the three-day waiting period from the proposed abortion legislation.
Ms Coppinger has sent a lengthy submission to Minister for Health Simon Harris, who is preparing a Bill to regulate the termination of pregnancy.