COMMONS

Harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics

12 December 2017

The Home Affairs Committee hears from Ealing Council, abortion clinics and protest groups on the nature and scale of protests outside of abortion clinics.

Witnesses

Tuesday 12 December 2017, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Ealing Council – Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of the Council, and
  • Councillor Binda Rai, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

At 10.15am

  • British Pregnancy Advisory Service - Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs
  • Good Counsel Network - Clare McCullough, Director
  • Marie Stopes UK - John Hansen-Brevetti, Clinical Operations Manager, West London Centre and Acting Clinical Governance and Quality Lead, Greater London & South East
  • Society for the Protection of Unborn Children - Antonia Tully, Head of Campaigning

Purpose of the Session

The Home Office announced a review of harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics at the end of November. This session is intended to inform that review. Issues the session is likely to cover include:

  • The nature and scale of protests outside abortion clinics
  • The impact on patients and clinic staff, and on public order in local areas
  • Whether protests can result in harassment and intimidation of patients and staff
  • Whether measures to address antisocial behaviour, such as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are appropriate for dealing with protests of this kind
  • Whether further legislative measures are necessary, including the creation of “buffer zones” around abortion clinics. 

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