Abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ plan to stop protesters rejected by the government in surprise move – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2018 in abortion, demonstrations, news by tracey

‘The government has rejected calls for the introduction of “buffer zones” barring anti-abortion protests outside abortion clinics across the UK.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2018

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Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in abortion, freedom of expression, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘On 2 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in Dulgheriu v London Boroughof Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin). The case provides crucial insight into the ever lowering threshold at which freedom of expression can be curtailed in the United Kingdom. The judgment rejected a challenge to an Ealing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which bans any expression concerning abortion within 100 metres of a Marie Stopes abortion clinic.

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 20th August 2018

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Pro-life charity to take Lambeth council to court after it was kicked out of country fair – Daily Telegraph

‘A pro-life charity is to take a council to court after they say being kicked out of a country fair infringed their human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2018

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Campaigners await UK decision on abortion clinic buffer zones – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2018 in abortion, harassment, news by sally

‘Campaigners calling for buffer zones to prevent harassment and abuse of women accessing abortion centres are expecting a Home Office announcement within weeks.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2018

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Women In England ‘Illegally Taking Abortion Pills At Home’ To Avoid Having Abortions On Public Transport – Rights Info

Posted August 1st, 2018 in abortion, medicines, news by sally

‘Currently, the law states that all abortion pills must be taken in a clinic or hospital – meaning some women end up having an abortion on public transport, or while driving home.’

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Rights Info, 31st July 2018

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Protesters lose bid to overturn abortion clinic buffer zone – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news by sally

‘Protesters have lost their bid to remove a buffer zone around an abortion clinic in west London.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2018

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Landmark Judgment for Women’s Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 18th, 2018 in abortion, human rights, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom concluded on the 7th June 2018 that Northern Ireland’s laws on termination of pregnancy are incompatible with human rights. More specifically, in situations of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality a majority of the judges concluded that the law breaches the right to private life protected by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court highlighted the disproportionate nature of the interference, which stresses and humiliates women and girls experiencing a time of crisis. It further recognised the possibility that individual cases, in the three circumstances, may fall within the scope of article 3 and reach the threshold of severity required to be considered inhuman and degrading.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 14th June 2018

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Shona Wilson Stark: In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27: A Declaration in All but Name? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘All eyes were on the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) last week as it gave judgment in In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27, the case challenging the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) compatibility of Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation. Such a case is always bound to be headline-grabbing and controversial. But even more heat than usual was generated by this case. For starters, it followed swiftly after the Republic of Ireland’s referendum vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its Constitution, which acknowledges the equal right to life of the unborn child. That led to public and political pressure for change on the other side of the border too. But the Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended since January 2017 and Westminster legislating in this area in its absence – particularly if prompted by the UKSC – would provoke controversy. The Conservative Government’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the traditionally pro-life Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) further complicates the possibility of reform on this side of the Irish Sea. The outcome of a challenge to the compatibility of the Northern Ireland legislation was therefore keenly anticipated by many. In the event, a Court of seven declined (by a majority) to make the declaration of incompatibility due to a lack of standing. Given the Court’s conclusions, however, the judgment may effectively be a declaration in all but name.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 12th June 2018

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Supreme Court rules on challenge to abortion ban in Northern Ireland – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 12th, 2018 in abortion, appeals, human rights, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘On 7th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of regarding the controversial issue of the legal framework regulating abortion in Northern Ireland.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th June 2018

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Northern Ireland’s abortion law violates human rights but challenge rejected on technical grounds, Supreme Court rules – The Independent

‘Supreme Court judges have said Northern Ireland’s abortion law violates human rights, but rejected a challenge brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIIHRC) on technical grounds.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2018

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Abortion death after ‘repeated failures’ at Ealing clinic – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in abortion, doctors, health & safety, homicide, inquests, news, nurses by tracey

‘A woman who died hours after having an abortion was let down by the “repeated failures” of medics, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2018

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Protests banned outside abortion clinic in landmark vote by London council – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2018 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news by sally

‘Campaigners said they were “completely elated” after a West London council voted to ban protesters from demonstrating outside an abortion clinic, and were hopeful this was “just the beginning”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2018

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Ealing Council paves way to ban anti-abortion protesters – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2018 in abortion, consultations, demonstrations, local government, news by sally

‘A council has moved to ban anti-abortion protesters from outside a Marie Stopes clinic in west London.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2018

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Council mulls consultation on public space protection order to protect health clinic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 10th, 2018 in abortion, consultations, harassment, local government, news by sally

‘The Cabinet at the London Borough of Ealing will next week (16 January) consider whether to authorise a consultation on a possible Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around a Marie Stopes clinic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th January 2018

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Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics – BBC News

‘New laws could be introduced to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2017

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The limits of protest and free speech – Legal Action

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, freedom of expression, harassment, news, public order by sally

‘Steve Hynes discusses the controversy surrounding anti-abortion protests outside an abortion clinic in west London and its possible implications for human rights law.’

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Legal Action, November 2017

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Why, 50 years after the Abortion Act, it’s time to abolish the law altogether – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2017 in abortion, bills, news by sally

‘Half a century after abortions were legalised, women seeking terminations are still being stigmatised. It’s time to take abortion out of the criminal code and regulate it like any other healthcare measure.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2017

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Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, domestic violence, harassment, news by tracey

‘Anti-abortion protests outside clinics across the UK could be halted using antisocial behaviour legislation, a Labour MP has said, after her council took a significant decision to stop a group from approaching women at a west London clinic.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017

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Ealing abortion clinic protest ban approved – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, London, news by tracey

‘An “unprecedented” ban on protesters outside abortion clinics could be introduced in a London borough. Councillors in Ealing overwhelmingly backed a proposal to stop anti-abortion groups protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017

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Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body – BBC News

Posted September 25th, 2017 in abortion, doctors, news by sally

‘Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say.’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2017

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