More than half of MPs have expressed their support for Ealing Council's decision to introduce “buffer zones” outside abortion clinics to prevent protests.
Ealing Council is now exploring options on how to prevent demonstrations, including the use of a Public Space Protection Orders to enforce a 100-metre buffer against protesters.
The vote, which was conducted on behalf of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), found that the remaining 76% said they neither supported or opposed, or did not know.
Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at BPAS, said that a “clear majority of MPs support action on anti-abortion clinic protests”.
“For years, a tiny handful of individuals have been permitted to cause women seeking legal healthcare services significant distress," she said.
“As a direct result of the government's refusal to engage with this issue, these groups have become emboldened and protests have intensified.
“This cannot be allowed to continue.”
The debate on public order legislation relating to family planning clinic will be held at Westminster Hall.
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