08th February 2023
Clare Murphy, Chief Executive of BPAS, the UK’s largest abortion care charity, said:
“We were pleased to join yesterday’s summit on abortion care in Scotland, which was convened by Nicola Sturgeon.
We welcome the commitment from the First Minister to pursue buffer zones legislation to protect women and clinicians from anti-abortion protest activity outside clinics. For years, groups have been allowed to harass and intimidate women seeking legal healthcare, and the healthcare professionals providing this care. We are set to have safe access zones in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in the coming months, and it is right that politicians offer the same level of protection for women in Scotland. 40 Days for Life is a period of intensified anti-abortion clinic harassment, and we are pleased that the First Minister has recognised the need to get buffer zones in place for women and clinic staff before the next campaign.
At a time when reproductive rights are under attack in many other countries, it is vital that the UK is a beacon for women’s reproductive choice. With a clear commitment to improve women’s ability to access abortion care in dignity, Scotland appears to be on course to do just that.”
For further information, please contact Katherine O’Brien, BPAS Associate Director of Campaigns and Communications, on katherine.o’email@example.com or 07881 265276.
BPAS is a charity that sees over 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception at clinics across Great Britain. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/