Ealing Council may be the first in the country to ban anti abortion protests outside abortion clinics. The cabinet is meeting tonight to vote on the issue after nearly 4,000 residents have signed a petition organised by a group called Sister Supporter.
Anti abortion groups protest outside clinics like the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, upsetting women who have appointments there, who have to run the gauntlet of protesters to go in to see their doctor. The protesters, who call their demonstrations ‘vigils’ are usually religious groups.
The practice has gone on in Ealing for some 20 years, but now many councillors think it’s time to put an end to what many see as harassment of women who have made a hard choice to have what is an entirely legal procedure.