Ealing Council Bans Pro-Life Demonstrations Outside Abortion Clinic

Ealing council have become the first in the UK to ban pro-life protests outside of an abortion clinic, sparking a major controversy both within the community and across the UK.

The London council unanimously voted to ban all pro-life protestors from demonstrating outside of the Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.

The clinic, which provides abortions for women in Ealing, has been the location of pro-life life protests for a number of decades though more pro-abortion protesters have taken to counter-protesting in recent years.

Richard Bentley, the managing director of Marie Stopes UK, said: “This is a landmark decision for women. We are incredibly grateful to Ealing Council for recognising the emotional distress that these groups create, and for taking proportionate action to protect the privacy and dignity of women accessing our clinic in the borough,” he said.

“This was never about protest. It was about small groups of strangers choosing to gather by our entrance gates where they could harass and intimidate women, and try to prevent them from accessing healthcare to which they are legally entitled.”

However, Alina Dulgheriu, a spokesman for the group Be Here For Me – which offers financial and emotional support to women considering abortions – said that when she was walking in to get an abortion, a campaigner handed her a leaflet offering support so she “went with her and got all the help I need and thanks to them I have my child”.

Speaking of her 6-year-old daughter – whose life was saved by pro-life charities, she said: “She’s my pride, she’s my strength, without her I would not be the person I am today.”

She argued that banning the pro-life organisations from campaigning would “remove life-saving help when it’s most needed”.

“I was given a real choice by the woman at the gate,” she added.

Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten said: “The ban on pro-life vigils outside the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Ealing is a chilling erosion on free speech.”

He continued: “Peaceful pro-life demonstrations have been going on for over 20 years and there were no complaints until very recently when pro-abortion protestors decided to start noisy ‘counter-protests’.

“The Public Space Protection Order from Ealing Council means that pro-life advocates are not even allowed to conduct silent prayer, let alone hand out leaflets which offer a real choice to mothers.

“The Good Counsel and other groups are able to offer financial advice and find accommodation to mothers who really do not want to have an abortion, but have not been offered any other alternative by their doctors.

“It is the voiceless and the vulnerable who will suffer the most by this decision.”

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5 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    I have always been against abortion, and this issue was the only time that I, and my late wife, joined a march through the streets of Northampton. I have always been against intimidation as well, and due to that I would never dream of joining the harpies, and off centre Christians, who make life difficult for pregnant women. Those who give help and assistance to these women and girls, are the true Christians, that The Lord Jesus is well pleased with. May God Bless you !

  2. John Francis says:

    I despair.
    This Country is now so warped in its thinking and how it operates I really do wonder if it too late to save our culture and our future.
    Free speech is not being eroded, it is being totally eradicated by brainwashed, PC indoctrinated virtue signallers and cultural Marxists.
    Mass immigration into the U.K., from parts of the world with no cultural or shared common values with us and an education system that has been totally taken over by people who seem to loath Britain and it’s history and traditions, is rapidly destroying this Country and all it has always stood for.

  3. John Whitby says:

    Abortion is always a very difficult subject, and there is a need to allow full, open debate on the subject. Additionally, anyone considering a termination should be given a full appraisal of their option, both for and against.
    However, the place NOT to do it is at the gates of the clinic. Women are there for different reasons, but most of them are at that point emotionally very, very vulnerable. If the ‘demonstration’ was simply a person handing out pro-life leaflets, that wouldn’t be an issue, but it isn’t. It’s intimidation pure and simple by people with a single minded view, who have no understanding of the reasons why the woman is there and her mental state or background.
    The key here is not demonstrating, certainly not at the gates of the clinic, but to ensure there is a robust debate in the open, int he media and that a full discussion of the options is mandatory.
    It’s called informed choice.

  4. Liz Hazell says:

    I note that all the above comments have been made by men, both for and against. Whilst everyone is entitled to their own views on this subject, it is very emotive.
    Information is given to those who are considering an abortion, but there is limited time to make a decision and hoping it will go away does not help.
    For most women the decision in very difficult, the operation painful and the long term knowledge is something they will have to live with forever. Therefore, after making the decision to attend one of these clinics, the last thing someone needs is a group of people blocking their path, jostling them, making them feel even more emotional than they already do.

    There is another group of woman, who use abortion as a type of contraceptive, they are simply immune to moral standards and protesters will have no effect on them.

    Many years ago, I met a nurse who worked at one of these clinics, at the time she was pregnant. As she was going to work one day, the protesters outside, believing her to be a patient, pushed her, knocking her over and endangered her much loved and wanted child. This is not the actions of good willed people, more the actions of self serving individuals, who only care about their cause.

    Whilst, I would defend the right to lawful protest, I am against harassment and bullying. Direct contact with vulnerable people at their most emotional is not protest, it is harassment.

  5. Joanne says:

    Ironic. That the managing Director of Marie Stopes talking about protecting women and their rights is a man. Great identification there.

    If such protests constitute ‘harassment’, then why are vegetarians and vegans not banned from protesting outside abattoirs, or animal rights activists from demonstrating at farms and hunts?

    The majority of Pro-Life protests are peaceful and its also possible to cite examples of violence from the other side. The whole thing just smacks of an organization- which receives generous government funding, using their lobbying power to prevent criticism of their ‘services’. Services which they ultimately profit from: or at least the directors do.

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