Prayer vigils outside Twickenham abortion clinic banned

Mar 7, 2019 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier:

A south west London abortion clinic is the latest to have a boundary zone placed around it which applies to vigils, protests or interaction with staff, visitors or patients.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) criminalises any form of interaction with people going into the BPAS abortion clinic on Rosslyn Road in Twickenham.

The ban, which would affect the pro-life group the Good Counsel Network, also includes “protests that affect residents in Rosslyn Road Twickenham and surrounding roads”.

It has been implemented by Richmond Council following a meeting on Tuesday.

The PSPO was approved by the council’s Regulatory Committee on 6th February, but required the ratification of the full council.

Activities which are now banned include protesting or engaging in any act of approval or disapproval to abortion services, such as graphic, verbal or written means and any form of counselling or interaction with residents or their visitors.

The Good Counsel Network argue that they never use images of aborted babies and were there to offer alternative advice to that offered by BPAS.

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