UK / SPAIN – The Court of Appeal upholds the legality of a buffer zone around a London abortion clinic
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 23, 2019
The buffer zone around the clinic was imposed by the London council of Ealing in April 2018, but the call to impose national buffer zones around all clinics was rejected by the Conservative government’s Home Secretary in September 2018, in spite of the existence of strong evidence presented to him for imposing them.
This new judgment, handed down by Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies is the first at appeal court level and provides solid case law for backing for other Public Spaces Protection Orders in the future.
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.
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.
Government ponders abortion protest bubble zones for schools
Updated: March 15, 2019
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her government will amend legislation to extend abortion protest bubble zones around K-12 schools in Alberta.
Hoffman’s decision comes on the back of social media footage from Calgary this week which showed anti-abortion protesters confronting students from Queen Elizabeth High School with placards as students entered their school.
Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today
By Felicity Caldwell
3 December 2018
Queensland women seeking a pregnancy termination will be shielded from protesters from Monday, as abortion law reform comes into effect.
From Monday, abortion will no longer be a crime and women will be able to have a termination on request up to 22 weeks, or after that gestation with consent from two doctors.
Allowing English women to take the abortion pill at home is good news – and now we're coming for you, Northern Ireland
25 August 2018
As landmark women’s health text Our Bodies, Ourselves put it in 1970, abortion is “our right ... as women to control our own bodies. The existence of any abortion laws (however ‘liberal’) denies this right.”
Those rights are advancing in some parts of the UK, and stalling in others. The latest development is that women in England will soon be able to take an abortion pill at home: a small but significant step forward that many welcome. Yet in Northern Ireland, women still face draconian laws and life in prison for daring to access their reproductive rights.
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.