Life is disappointed at the vote by a committee of Richmond Council to implement yet another unnecessary buffer zone in England, to protect the abortion industry.
The Regulatory Committee of Richmond Council this evening decided to ban people standing outside a BPAS abortion clinic, praying and offering support to women in crisis.
Commenting on the new buffer zone ban, Life Spokeswoman Clare Plasom-Scott said “This is being done under the guise of protecting women when what it really does is protect the profits of the abortion clinic. BPAS Richmond saw a 24% reduction in the number of abortions it performed between 2013 and 2017 and it must be concerned about its income.
Every human life saved by a woman in crisis who decides to take up an offer of support, represents a denial of income for the abortion industry which rakes in more than £100M every year.
In contrast to many unsubstantiated allegations about demonstrators outside abortion clinics, we have the real and powerful testimonies of women like Alina Dulgheriu, who now have a baby after receiving support offered outside an abortion clinic.
Buffer zones are not needed in this country. The law already provides a legal mechanism to arrest and prosecute anyone who intimidates or harasses women and we fully support this. However something has to be wrong when small groups of people praying and offering support to women if they want it, are deemed to be harassing and intimidating women.
Those who truly believe in the interests of women should let their pro-choice rhetoric extend towards support for the provision of practical support to women who choose to keep their baby. Anyone who speaks against or impedes such support, especially for women who are vulnerable and in crisis, do not genuinely have the interest of women at heart.”