“Revoke this unjust decision” on buffer zones pro-lifers tell Manchester City Council leader

Oct 24, 2020 by

from SPUC:

Pro-lifers in the Manchester area are calling on the City Council to “revoke the unjust decision” to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) around the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Wynnstay Grove, Fallowfield. Local SPUC supporters are sending Council Leader Sir Richard Leese a strong message protesting the PSPO, or buffer zone, around the clinic.

SPUC Director of Campaigns, Antonia Tully said: “Local pro-lifers are making their views known about the Council’s decision. Introducing this buffer zone is a major attack on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.  And it also means that women approaching the abortion clinic are deprived of a lifeline that could help them choose life for their baby.

“We have given local people a postcard to send to Sir Richard Leese.  The postcard features a little girl who is an actual child rescued by pro-lifers outside an abortion clinic in London when they gave help to her mother enabling her to continue with her pregnancy. Pro-life vigils are frontline life-saving work. SPUC is at the forefront of the campaign to defend the right to save lives.”

The PSPO was introduced following a public consultation in October 2019. Pro-lifers were unable to respond to the consultation because it was based on the false premise that harassment and intimidation were taking place at the vigils.

Antonia Tully said: “It was a sham consultation. It totally misrepresented what actually takes place at pro-life vigils. It was strongly bias against pro-life vigils and forced respondents to concede that harassment and intimidation were taking place, when nothing of the kind was happening.

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