US group to fight Scotland’s abortion buffer zones

By Lynsey Bews
Sept 28, 2022

A US anti-abortion campaign group has said it will help mount a legal challenge if a law to implement buffer zones is passed in Scotland.

Texas-based 40 Days for Life is already active outside clinics and hospitals in Scotland.

The group's volunteers carry out what they term "vigils" but others claim the protests intimidate vulnerable women.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-63033402


Councils to establish if by-laws could allow abortion buffer zones in Scotland

Aug 29, 2022
By Abbi Garton-Crosbie

A BID to use council by-laws to establish buffer zones outside of abortion clinics has been welcomed but with an added warning that finding a national solution to the issue is “vital”.

The First Minister convened a second summit on the matter on Monday with representatives from Cosla and the “most affected local authorities”.

Continued: https://www.thenational.scot/news/20831642.councils-establish-by-laws-allow-abortion-buffer-zones-scotland/


It isn’t just the US: abortion barriers in Britain are forcing women to travel miles for treatment

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, access to second-trimester abortions still depends on a damaging postcode lottery

Rachel Connolly
Wed 22 Jun 2022

When a draft supreme court decision was leaked in May showing that judges intended to overturn Roe v Wade, many in the UK reacted with outrage. Rightly so: such a law change would leave abortion rules up to individual states. Rights groups estimate that abortion could become illegal in about half the states if this is successful. Americans would be forced to travel to states where it was still legal, or order costly abortion medicine online, risking severe legal consequences by doing so. Overturning Roe v Wade would probably also inspire anti-choice campaign groups to pursue legal action elsewhere in the world.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/22/abortion-hierarchy-uk-lack-of-services-scotland-northern-ireland-england-terminate-pregnancy


The Scottish Government is failing women when it comes to abortion

By Lucy Grieve
Sunday, 5th June 2022

Since 2019, 170 Scottish women – including children under the age of 16 – have been sent across the border into England to have an abortion. This roughly equates to one Scottish woman every week that is having to make this journey to access healthcare that is legal in Scotland.

This is not happening because these women are located in remote areas, or because they require specialist treatment for complex medical issues, in fact it is quite the opposite. Women from cities that enjoy some of Scotland’s best healthcare infrastructure, like Glasgow, who are in their second trimester of pregnancy where abortion care has been legal for more than 50 years are being shipped as far away as Bournemouth on the south coast of England to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/health/the-scottish-government-is-failing-women-when-it-comes-to-abortion-lucy-grieve-3720095


Scotland fights to end abortion ‘harassment’

Online News Editor
May 28, 2022

Edinburgh, UK, May 28 (EFE).- Protesters took to the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday to demand a stop to rallies in front of abortion clinics, considered a form of harassment and intimidation.

“They want to control women,” a protester and lecturer at Edinburgh University, Betinna Nissen, told Efe.

Scotland is considering introducing a new law that prohibits anti-abortion protests in front of clinics which could make an already difficult choice an every harder one for women getting an abortion.

Continued: https://www.laprensalatina.com/scotland-fights-to-end-abortion-harassment/


Women who underwent abortions face “trauma” as protests continue in Scotland

Women who went through abortions have told how "inescapable" and "damaging" anti-abortion protests are as Scotland sees an increase in protests outside clinics and hospitals.

By Hannah Brown
Sunday, 1st May 2022

Megan Braithwaite, 39, had an abortion for medical reasons in Edinburgh eight years ago. It was her first pregnancy and both her and her husband were trying for a baby.

"It was at the 20-week screening when we found out that the baby had a fetal anomaly and it was truly awful”, she said.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/women-who-underwent-abortions-face-trauma-as-protests-continue-in-scotland-3676260


Anti-abortion protests in Scotland following ‘Texas playbook’ as national plan on buffer zones needed

As anti-abortion protests swell outside my city’s flagship hospital, I and many others fear Scotland is turning into a hostile place for women accessing healthcare.

By Hannah
Brown
Saturday, 16th April 2022

Across the pond, prosecutors dropped murder charges last week against a
26-year-old southern Texas woman over an alleged “self-induced abortion".

After time in prison, Texas lawyers found she had not committed a crime. This
woman’s case is an example of the lengths the red states are willing to go to
restrict abortion access.

Continued: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/anti-abortion-protests-in-scotland-following-texas-playbook-as-national-plan-on-buffer-zones-needed-3656433


Scotland – Doctors call for action over abortion protests as patients face ‘deplorable intimidation and harassment’

Group of 76 clinicians urge government to introduce buffer zones following large demonstration outside Glasgow hospital

Chiara Giordano
Apr 15, 2022

Scores of doctors have called for action after a large anti-abortion protest was held near a hospital in Glasgow.

More than 100 anti-abortion activists from the 40 Days for Life campaign group gathered outside the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/doctors-call-for-action-abortion-protests-b2058654.html


Scotland – Abortion protest is a sick act of blackmail

Melanie Reid
Monday March 21 2022

Three days a week, as I drive away from a medical research trial at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, I face a protest designed to distress and intimidate women. As a woman, it sickens me.

The gaggle of anti-abortionists, from the US-funded organisation 40 Days of Life, stand at the T-junction near the hospital’s maternity and gynaecology unit. They are usually men or older women and they carry passive-aggressive placards proclaiming “Women do regret abortion”, and “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-protest-is-a-sick-act-of-blackmail-2vmr003tz


Scotland – Anti-abortion charity Stanton Healthcare accused of misleading women

Constance Kampfner, The Times
Saturday February 19 2022

An anti-abortion charity has been accused of masquerading as a pregnancy support centre in an attempt to pressure women into backing out of having terminations.

Stanton International, an American organisation which has been accused of peddling falsehoods about termination including the claim that it causes cancer, is due to open a branch in Edinburgh.

Continued https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-charity-stanton-healthcare-accused-of-misleading-women-9lr3mdts2