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Hi all,
Here in the UK one of the abortion centres in london has introduced a buffer zone, so pro life organisations can’t offer help or support for those who need it. Hundreds of babies have been saved outside of this busy clinic with the help of the good council network. I went there once when a women asked for our help as she was being forced into an abortion.

Now the local area council (ealing council) have set up their own buffer zone around it.
If your on twitter please voice your opinion to @ealingcouncil with the hashtag #ealingmakeshistory (that’s the pro-choicers hashtag which we are hijacking with our own view of this terrible decision).

Or can you sign this https://www.spuc.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/no-to-buffer-zones/stop-attack-on-freedom-to-offer-help
This is very bad as other clinics are thinking of doing the same thing, stopping help, prayer and freedom of speech.
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I've been following it in the news. Thanks for the information.

Here's the story from the Catholic Herald

A London council has banned prayer vigils outside an abortion clinic, in a possible test case for further crackdowns on pro-lifers.

Ealing Council voted unanimously to use a controversial legal mechanism, a Public Space Protection Order, to prevent members of the public from praying and offering support to pregnant women entering the Marie Stopes clinic.

The effort to ban the vigil has been accompanied by a broader political campaign, backed by around 100 MPs, to stop pro-life prayer vigils.

Among those opposing the Ealing ban were mothers who had planned to abort their children, but received help from the vigils.
The website Be Here For Me collected their stories. One said: “During the scan I saw my baby girl. She was very nice, playing, and putting her thumb in her mouth. But I didn’t have a choice about what I was going to do. I was crying, crying so much.”
She talked to a woman at the vigil who offered to help. The Good Counsel Network, an organisation which supports mothers in vulnerable situations, ensured she had accommodation, rent and food so that she would feel able to keep her baby, who is now 10 months old.

According to an attendee at the council vote, one mother “spontaneously threw herself on her knees and pleaded for the vigil to be able to stay and help other women like her”.

Pro-lifers were accused of harassing women at the vigils, which they strongly denied. Clare McCullough of the Good Counsel Network said that there is “not a scrap of evidence of any such behaviour”, despite “eighteen months of constant filming and recording by the ‘counter-protest’ group”.

The order makes it illegal for pro-lifers to offer support within 100 metres of the clinic. It is likely to come into force on April 23.
Public Space Protection Orders are opposed by the civil liberties group Liberty “because they are too widely drawn, with vague definitions of what can be criminalised, and carry disproportionately punitive sanctions”.

Alithea Williams of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, called the Ealing decision “truly authoritarian” and indicated that it may be open to legal challenge.
“For the first time, a council has banned peaceful public acts of witness and freedom of expression,” Williams said.
“However, what is most shocking is that a Council has voted to stop members of the public offering charitable help to vulnerable women.”

John Hansen-Brevetti, clinical operations manager at the clinic, told The Huffington Post that he was “hopeful that this is just the beginning, that other councils are watching and taking note, that Parliament itself, the Home Affairs Select Committee, will continue to look at this issue and find a solution that works not just for Ealing but for the whole of the UK.”

Other councils are considering similar bans, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd has launched a review of the issue. The government is currently considering the results of a consultation.
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And an earlier story, discussing the legal issues. (My emphasis)

Catholic Herald

Yesterday, Ealing Council voted unanimously to impose a “safe zone” of 100 metres around a Marie Stopes abortion centre. Applause broke out as the vote was taken, and the Council leader, Julian Bell, described the measure as “something that’s long been needed”.


The levels on which this “safe zone” is a violation of not just basic civil liberties but common sense are almost unplumbable. Despite the constant invocation of women’s right to enter and leave the centre free from “harassment” and “intimidation”, not a single shred of credible evidence has been produced – not one mobile phone video, not one police report – which suggests that the people targeted by this measure have done anything more “intimidating” than pray the rosary, smile, and offer leaflets. I am routinely subjected to similar “harassment” or worse coming and going from my local Tube station.

Nothing being done by those standing vigil outside Marie Stopes is materially distinguishable from any number of other instances of people standing in groups and handing out flyers every day in London. The only difference is what they think and where they think it. If a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or vegans, or gay-rights activists stood in the same place, with signs of the same size, handing out flyers to women as they came and went, no one would have lifted a finger to stop them. What you cannot do in Ealing is stand near an abortion clinic and be visibly pro-life. Just holding a rosary and a sign which says “Choose Life” within 100 metres of Marie Stopes is now deemed harassment.

Let no one tell you otherwise: what Ealing Council have banned from the area is not an action but a point of view. It is a clear and chilling violation of the basic civil rights to peaceful assembly and free speech. The most intimidating word which has been alleged as being used against pregnant women entering the centre is, literally, “mum.” As illiberal and unreasonable as Ealing Council’s action is, so too is the response that people may still gather and “protest” elsewhere.

Leaving aside the obvious analogy with being told one could “protest” against government policy so long as you were not anywhere near Parliament, those gathering outside Marie Stopes are not protesting – they are reaching out to women whom they suspect may be pressured into an abortion they do not really want. Anecdotal evidence suggests their suspicions are right: the Good Counsel Network claims that some 500 women have decided against abortion because of their outreach work.

The premise upon which Ealing Council has acted is that exposure to the view that abortion means ending a human life is materially harmful to people seeking an abortion, and offering them support and alternatives is harassment. This is the beginning of the treatment of pro-life views as “hate speech”. Under current UK law, hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice”. While seeking an abortion is not currently a protected class, the logic of the Ealing ban is that it could be a criminal offence to say “Life begins at conception” to the wrong person.

On the ground it is also not at all clear how the “safe zone” will be enforced. Suppose tomorrow a group of 10 Catholics turn up and pray the rosary together – no signs, no leaflets, nothing said but a prayer: would they be evicted? Arrested, even? I suspect they would, the argument being that “weaponised rosary beads,” as local MP Rupa Huq calls them, are considered synonymous with being in favour of life. This being the case, we have seen the effective prohibition of religious practice by Catholics in a designated area.

Leaving aside the upending of basic civil liberties, we should also consider the final irony of terming the area around a Marie Stopes centre a “safe zone.” Nothing will ever make that true for children in the womb. Defying freedom of speech, justice, and common sense, Ealing Council have managed to erect the most unsafe “safe zone” in the country.
Jovan-Marya of the Immaculate Conception Weismiller, T.O.Carm.

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(04-13-2018, 01:09 AM)popeinnocent1972 Wrote: Hi all,
Here in the UK one of the abortion centres in london has introduced a buffer zone, so pro life organisations can’t offer help or support for those who need it. Hundreds of babies have been saved outside of this busy clinic with the help of the good council network. I went there once when a women asked for our help as she was being forced into an abortion.

Now the local area council (ealing council) have set up their own buffer zone around it.
If your on twitter please voice your opinion to @ealingcouncil with the hashtag #ealingmakeshistory (that’s the pro-choicers hashtag which we are hijacking with our own view of this terrible decision).

Or can you sign this https://www.spuc.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/no-to-buffer-zones/stop-attack-on-freedom-to-offer-help
This is very bad as other clinics are thinking of doing the same thing, stopping help, prayer and freedom of speech.
Peace.....I don't understand why praying the rosary and offering to help someone is harrassment??  It seems they have it backwards, because a person under diress/duress is not even capable of making a proper life-time decision - a decision that could in the end ruin their body and mind as well as end the baby's life!  I have read where most women/young girls  wanting abortions say that, because they don't see any help getting through it - this is the reassurance they need - not just to throw out what seems difficult for the now.  One can pray the rosary without it being seen - do it in your mind or on your fingers if need be!  God bless, angeltime :heart:
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