Scotland – MSPs approve buffer zones at abortion clinics

June 12, 2024

MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have passed a bill to introduce buffer zones around clinics providing abortions. The legislation would prevent any protests or vigils taking place within 200m (656ft) of 30 clinics offering abortion services.

The Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill, tabled by Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay, passed by 118 votes to one.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c8vv5l8vlp3o


Scotland – MSPs back abortion clinic buffer zone bill at first stage

April 30, 2024
Megan Bonar, BBC Scotland News

Legislation which aims to introduce buffer zones around clinics providing abortions has been voted through its first stage in the Scottish Parliament.

The bill, tabled by Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay, passed at stage one by 123 votes to one.

The legislation would prevent any protests taking place within 200m (656ft) of clinics offering abortion services.

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Scotland – Abortion clinic buffer zone law backed by MSP group

Apr 22, 2024

A proposed law to ban protests outside abortion clinics is necessary to ensure women are free of intimidation, a Holyrood committee has said.

Green Party MSP Gillian Mackay last year introduced a member's bill at the Scottish Parliament that would block any protests taking place within 200m (656ft) of clinics.

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Scotland – Abortion clinic buffer zone law needed ‘quickly’ – Gray

BBC
Feb 14, 2024

A law to ensure buffer zones around abortion clinics is needed "quickly", the health secretary has said.

Neil Gray described protests from anti abortion groups outside medical facilities as "unacceptable". Mr Gray was speaking at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow, one of several sites targeted by the 40 Days for Life pro-life group.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-68296988


Scotland – Buffer zones required outside abortion clinics to stop women suffering

It is time for the Scottish Government to approve the legislation for legally enforced zones, says Record View.

5 Feb 2024

The legalisation of abortion in the UK in 1967 was a landmark moment.

It marked the culmination of decades of campaigning and allowed women to undergo the procedure through the NHS.

It ended the need for people to rely on unregulated and often dangerous private practitioners.

Continued: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/buffer-zones-required-outside-abortion-32046188


Public consultation begins in Scotland over buffer zone outside abortion clinics to block ‘harassment’ of women

Green MSP Gillian Mackay who has said the days of women facing "harassment" when seeking an abortion are "coming to an end."

MATT KERR
OCTOBER 27, 2023

PROPOSALS for a buffer zone around abortion services in Scotland will now go out to formal public consultation, it was announced today.

It marks the latest step for the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Green MSP Gillian Mackay, which would effectively ban protests within 200 metres of abortion facilities with unlimited fines for “serious breaches.”

Continued: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/public-consultation-begins-scotland-over-buffer-zone-outside-abortion-clinics-block


Scotland – Bill to create buffer zones to stop anti-abortion groups protesting outside medical facilities backed by north MSP

By Gordon Calder
12 October 2023

A NORTH MSP has given her backing to a bill which would create buffer zones to stop anti-abortion groups from protesting outside medical centres.

Ariane Burgess, the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has welcomed the publication of the bill to introduce safe access zones. The proposal comes from her party colleague Gillian Mackay.

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Bill to ban protests at Scottish abortion centres published

Oct 6, 2023

A bill designed to stop protests outside Scotland's abortion clinics has been published at Holyrood. Green MSP Gillian Mackay's bill would set up "buffer zones" around the facilities, preventing people from gathering nearby.

It is likely to have cross-party support and is being backed by the Scottish government. Anti-abortion campaigners from the USA have said they will challenge any such law in the courts.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-67021626


Anger at speed of progress on buffer zones at abortion clinics

Sept 27, 2023
By Craig Williams, BBC Scotland

Pro-choice activists are calling on MSPs to speed up the creation of buffer zones around Scotland's abortion clinics.

The Scottish government is backing a bill which would ban anti-abortion groups from gathering outside clinics.

But campaigners for buffer zones say Scotland is being left behind the rest of the UK.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-66889551


Scotland – Doctors warn about social media link to abortion rise

Sept 5, 2023
By Katie McEvinney, BBC Scotland news

Misinformation about contraception on social media may be contributing to Scotland's record high abortion figures, doctors have told the BBC.

The number of terminations carried out in Scotland rose by almost a fifth between 2021 and 2022. For the first time in 14 years, the number of 16 to 19-year-olds accessing abortion services also increased.

There are concerns this is being driven in part by false and misleading information on apps such as TikTok.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-66671765