"Earlier this summer Sister Supporter organised an online petition, in which we asked Ealing Council to end the persistent presence of the anti-abortion vigil outside the Marie Stopes Reproductive Centre on Mattock Lane, Ealing. As a result of your support the online petition got the grand total of 3593 signatures - over twice our target and more than any other petition on the Ealing Council website. In addition we are continuing to collect paper-based signatures from local residents and workers who missed the deadline. Because of the great number of signatures and the widespread support, Ealing Council will now have to discuss the situation on Mattock lane at a full council meeting on the 10th October. "
I went twice to Ealing to protest against anti-abortion vigil outside the Marie Stopes. It was eye opening how intimidating their presence was. I am so happy that there's progress in this matter because until recently it felt like nothing can be done.
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That's great. Given how many rules we have in society about parking, hate crimes, littering etc surely there must be some law / bye law that a Council can use to move these vile people and their protest away from Marie Stopes.
Fantastic news. I took some photos of one of them as he was actually inside their gate which I think is against the Roolz and got treated to a lecture on it being illegal to take photos of people in public.
It is not illegal to take photos of people.
What they're doing may well be a Public Order Act offence though.
I walked past the other day and saw one right by the entrance, trying to thrust a leaflet towards two women walking in, then turning to say something to them as they tried to ignore him and walk through towards the door (I was on the other side of the road so couldn't hear what, but they'd completely ignored him and I doubt it was pleasant). They are horrendous (I've spoken to them a couple of times and they can also get quite aggressive in tone), also putting their displays by the wall and handing out leaflets with misinformation on them. It's promising that progress is being made on this.
"Ealing Labour have submitted the below motion to be voted on, at the debate next week. This is an incredible show of support, and an unprecedented move from a local Council in the fight for abortion rights and bodily autonomy. Please share and join us next week for the big debate!" Details in attached screenshot.
On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, that victory is part of a renewed sense of urgency among the British pro-choice movement. On Thursday, 113 MPs including the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, signed a letter backing calls for similar buffer zones across the country, while other clinics are looking to replicate the success of the campaign in Ealing, perhaps via antisocial behaviour legislation.