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Battle over free speech outside abortion clinic
Councillors in the London borough of Ealing have backed a proposal to hinder pro-
The Good Counsel Network, a prolife group which offer alternatives to women approaching the clinic, has held vigils there for the last 23 years without any criminal charges. Clare McCullough, the organisation's founder told the BBC: "We're there to tell women that there is an alternative to abortion. We may disapprove of abortion, but we don't disapprove of individuals who are in trouble. These woman are not being offered these alternatives inside Marie Stopes." (As quoted by The Telegraph)
After the vote Ms Rai commented saying said this could bring "national implications", and that she was "absolutely thrilled that there was such huge support in the chamber for the motion, and right across the parties. ..It was really good. And this is really a stand for women, and for women's rights to access healthcare that is legally available to them." (As quoted by the BBC)
BBC hosted a discussion on this issue on Sunday Morning Live on 15th October. The participants were Anna Veglio-
In a separate interview Clare McCullough, the Good Counsel Network's founder, commented on Public Space Protection Orders saying: "Most lawyers would agree those orders were not put in place for this kind of issue.....They're not there to suppress freedom of speech...I think it would be a grave misuse and would have implications for all kinds of groups who are protesting all kinds of things." (As quoted by the BBC)
Abortion providers have praised the decision. Managing director of Marie Stopes UK, Richard Bentley has described it as "ground-