Anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in Ealing – who identified women using the abortion clinic on Facebook Live – have been labelled “bullies of the worst kind” by a local MP.
Protesters hand out models and pictures of dismembered foetuses and have reportedly called women “murderers”, saying they will be “haunted by their baby”.
The motion was submitted by Councillor Binda Rai and will be discussed at Ealing Town Hall at 7pm, with a pro-choice demonstration starting at 6pm.
Ms Huq said hearing about the harassment of women outside the clinic – some of whom have been reduced to tears – was “truly heartbreaking”.
She said: “Women have found their details passed on to violent ex-partners and walking up to the path to the Marie Stopes clinic transmitted via Facebook Live.
'Bullies of the worst kind'
“The people who frustrate the rights of women accessing NHS-provided services and obstruct the pavement in the name of religion, using moral blackmail, are the bullies of the worst kind.
“This motion is an imaginative interpretation of legislation usually associated with anti-social behaviour and would be a ground breaking, pioneering move to bring family planning clinics and the protests outside under the remit of a PSPO."
The MP added: “This would stamp this nuisance out and keep the pavements as a safe place."
According to Cllr Rai, who created the motion, protesters distribute leaflets containing misleading information about abortion and follow, record and question women as they enter and leave the centre.
Their prayers for unborn children and loud hymns can be heard inside the clinic as women attend appointments, according to Sister Supporter.
Ahead of the meeting on Tuesday (October 10), Anna Veglio-White, a spokesman for the group, said the PSPO would give women the anonymity they are entitled to.
“The daily anti-abortion vigils go far beyond the legal right to protest," the local resident said.
"While we respect the views of this minority group, we strongly object to their placement and behaviour outside clinics.
"We are calling upon the council to take action and sincerely hope that other councils, and the government, will soon follow.
"If the PSPO goes through, it will mean no persons will legally be allowed to engage in protesting at the clinic, and those using it will be free from harassment maintaining the anonymity they are legally entitled to."
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