Ensuring equality and working with communities

Creating safe zones around abortion clinics


Ealing Council

To protect women accessing abortion services in the borough, Ealing Council teamed up with local pro-choice campaigners to establish a safe zone around the Marie Stopes clinic which was a regular target for anti-choice activists. Following a public consultation, which presented harrowing evidence about the level that women and staff faced from the protestors, the Cabinet established a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around the clinic with the support of 90% of local residents. Eight other local authorities are investigating similar measures, and councillors in Ealing are calling on government to roll this out nationally.

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