Mothers lose court challenge to Ealing buffer zone

Jul 2, 2018 by

from SPUC:

The High Court has today upheld the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) imposed by Ealing Council this April that banned pro-life witnesses outside the Marie Stopes abortion centre.

A challenge to the buffer zone had been brought by Alina Dulgheriu, a mother who was helped by pro-life vigils. Lawyers acting on her behalf said that the Council’s decision to ban pro-life vigils around the clinic was “unlawful, invalid and unjustified.”

A democratic necessity?

Handing down the verdict today, Mr Justice Turner found that the ban does interfere with the human rights of those who participate in the vigils, but said the council was “entitled” to conclude it was a “necessary step in a democratic society”.

Ms Dulgheriu said that she was “saddened and shocked that the Court has upheld a PSPO that prevents good people giving help to mothers who desperately want it…I am devastated for those women that since the introduction of the Ealing PSPO, have not been able to access the loving help that I did.”

She said that she is discussing the options available to her to challenge the decision.

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