'Mummy, don't kill me': Behind the abortion buffer zone in Ealing

Pro-choice demonstrators gather outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane ahead of a vote by Ealing Council on whether to implement a safe zone outside the west London abortion clinic to protect women from being intimidated

Pro-choice demonstrators gather outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane ahead of a vote by Ealing Council on whether to implement a safe zone outside the west London abortion clinic to protect women from being intimidated

"This is a landmark decision for women", he said, ITV reported.

Councillors could decide to impose a public spaces protection order (PSPO) on Tuesday evening, which is normally used to deal with antisocial behaviour.

Claire McCulloch from the Good Council Network denied that her group had ever harassed women visiting the clinic.

How does access to abortion vary across the UK?

Abortion has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force (however it remains illegal in Northern Ireland).

Arizona House lawmakers passed an intrusive anti-abortion measure Monday that would require patients to submit a questionnaire to hospitals and clinics about why they are seeking an abortion - a policy that amounts to "shaming" individuals for wanting the procedure, according to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. An amendment by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to allow Northern Irish women access to NHS-funded abortions in England was passed by Westminster earlier this year. 'They still say they're there to offer help to women.... last night they came with a sign which sad "Say No To Coerced Abortion" but, come on, nobody is pro "coerced abortion".

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If a ban on abortion vigils was rolled out across the country 'it would mean that women who have no other alternative are forced into having an abortion, ' she told Christian Today. "The gate is narrow so they have to shuffle past ... there is no choice but to walk past these people". "It was the first time I'd ever gone anywhere like that" she says of her initial appointment at the clinic and when I got there, there were two women standing outside...they handed me a leaflet and I almost turned back because I was already feeling guilty for some reason.' The leaflet in question contained anti-abortion misinformation and propaganda.

"It happened two years ago but it feels like it only happened yesterday" says Amara*, now 23.

"The women we speak to are being offered a leaflet, offered help, and hundreds of women are accepting that vote", she said.

The building is located next to where Whole Woman's Health Alliance hopes to provide non-surgical abortions to women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant.

Another SPUC spokesperson, Alithea Williams, has said that "if people were genuinely being intimidated then of course we would want to condemn that, but there are laws in place about harassment and intimidation and nobody has been arrested at these sites".

Pro-choice campaigners outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London.

There are so many benefits of a "Safe Zone" outside of our West London Centre.

"My interest in this matter predates me being an MP", she said.

The council has spent months exploring a range of options on how to prevent the alleged harassment of women using the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane following a petition set up by Sister Supporter, a grass roots organisation formed of Ealing residents.

"Of course I value public protest, but intervention in a manner which might be termed emotional blackmail at this point - at the clinic gate when vulnerable women are proceeding with what might be the most hard decision of their lives - is not the time or place".

A city council in northern in has postponed a vote on whether an anti-abortion prenatal care group can open a new location next to a proposed abortion clinic.

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