According to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, activists affiliated with the national anti-choice movement 40 Days for Life have been holding vigils outside on of the central London abortion clinics and have even filmed people coming in and out of the building. Individuals had asked the activists to stop filming but they refused.
Women’s health practitioners have become accustomed to this kind of aggressive harassment of patients, but the scale of the protests is something new for the London clinics.
And the renewed attention comes at a time when the debate over access to abortion is becoming more focused in Britain after several young, socially conservative lawmakers who support restricting abortion access were elected to the House of Commons after the last election.
Activists from 40 Days of Life insist their actions are not to intimidate women. Of course, they can’t explain how filming women coming to and from clinics serves any purpose other than intimidation, but that’s not the point. The point is the evangelical anti-abortion movement has officially jumped its borders and taken its abusive tactics with it. Let’s hope the violence that has followed in the United States does not make its way to Britain as well.
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