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Professional-life group warns towards introducing abortion clinic buffer zones in Scotland

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Professional-choice politicians and campaigners are placing strain on the Scottish authorities to introduce buffer zones round abortion clinics in Scotland.

The cost is being led by marketing campaign group Again Off Scotland, which desires prayer vigils and different pro-life exercise to be banned inside 150 metres of an abortion clinic. 

Calls have intensified after an offended backlash over 40 Days for Life prayer vigils exterior Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth College Hospital. 

Michael Robinson, Government Director (Public Affairs and Authorized Companies) on the Society for the Safety of Unborn Kids (SPUC), defended the vigils: “Abortion stirs up sturdy opinions for a lot of causes, not least that ending a human life is extraordinarily grave. The truth is that we now know that many ladies are coerced into having abortions.

“Those that flip up close to to the places the place abortions are carried out, to supply prayer and assist, achieve this with the best compassion and sensitivity.

“I do know the hospital in Glasgow very nicely and for anybody to recommend that the placement the place folks stand to hope might in anyway invade somebody’s privateness or intimidate anybody, is totally preposterous.

“They’re many lots of of yards from any entrance to the buildings and so they can’t even see who’s coming into the hospital constructing from the place they’re positioned.

“What such vigils do is provide a final glimmer of assist for girls who want some other place to show once they have in any other case been made to really feel abortion is their solely possibility.”

The SNP final yr made it one in every of their manifesto pledges to introduce buffer zones that may see pro-life teams excluded from the fast neighborhood of abortion clinics.

The Scottish authorities has established a working group to discover their implementation.

Chatting with journalists this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned, “Folks know my views on abortion and folks know my views on the suitable of ladies to manage their very own our bodies and the suitable to decide on.

“There isn’t a a part of me that will wish to gradual this down, so I wish to make progress as rapidly as attainable.”

SPUC warned that the imposition of buffer zones would stop susceptible girls from accessing important assist and details about options to abortion.

Mr Robinson added: “It’s troubling that on the subject of pro-life points, fundamental human rights are to be trampled on.

“The illiberal ideologues pushing for buffer zones appear solely to assist freedoms for individuals who agree with them.

“The efforts on this occasion are clearly aimed toward eradicating folks’s proper to meeting.

“That’s fully at odds with fundamental civil liberties and is totally neglectful of ladies who need an alternative choice to abortion.”

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