Calls for exclusionary zones for abortion clinics

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Calls for exclusionary zones for abortion clinics

A petition is calling on the Home Office to back a campaign to protect those who vibist abortion clinics.

Last year a video emerged of anti-abortion campaigners filming people outside an abortion clinic in east London.

Since the publication of this video an online petition was set up calling on the Home Secretary to set up legal exclusionary zones outside abortion clinics. 

More than 116,000 people have signed it so far.

Joining Headline London to was Ruth Rawlins from the anti-abortion group Abort67.

Abort67 say that abortion “survives and flourishes because it is hidden in euphemistic language, behind clinic walls, under the cover of lies."

The campaigns website shows graphic images of abortions, in order to try and change the public view, their reasoning being “Seeing abortion is the first step to changing the way people think about abortion.”

Kerry Abel from Abortion Rights, a group which wants to defend and extend women’s access to abortion also joined the programme.

The campaign states in their manifesto: “Abortion Rights calls for full decriminalisation of abortion. We argue that it should be removed from criminal law and treated as any other medical procedure.

The law ought to have no place in determining what should be a private decision, to be undertaken with sound medical advice. The different treatment afforded to abortion, in contrast to all other medical procedures, adds to the stigma surrounding termination. Abortion should be available as early as possible and as late as necessary to all who require one.”

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