Attempt to introduce nationwide 'buffer zones' defeated

02 Jan 2019

The abortion lobby has run a campaign over a number of years seeking to introduce national legislation to ban pro-life vigils offering support to women outside abortion clinics.

Their campaign culminated in a very strong push this year to get the Home Office to undertake a national review, with the end goal of introducing these 'buffer zones' right across the UK.

In September, following the review, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid that the Government would not introduce nationwide 'buffer zones' outside abortion clinics. This announcement was a great victory for mothers who will continue to be able to receive this vital support in the future. 

Thank you to all our [Right to Life UK] supporters who wrote to their MPs on this issue, signed petitions to Sajid Javid and submitted to the Home Office review. You have played a big part in making this great outcome a reality.

A final thank you has to go the pro-life MPs and peers who have worked in Parliament to ensure that the Home Office, the Government and a far wider group of MPs and peers were aware of the reality of the support offered outside these clinics and the implications for freedom of speech if they were banned on a national level.