SPUC has condemned the decision of appeal judges to uphold the enforcement of a censorship zone around the Marie Stopes abortion clinic on Mattock Lane, Ealing.
In a decision issued today, Appeal Court judges have rejected a challenge to a High Court ruling upholding Ealing Councils’ buffer zone around an abortion clinic.
“This is a tragic decision which dangerously infringes democracy and blocks women from receiving support from pro-life vigils” said John Deighan, SPUC’s deputy chief executive officer.
John Deighan continued:
“The verdict was imposed on the basis that a censorship zone was needed in order to protect Marie Stopes clinic users from ‘harassment and intimidation.’ Such false allegations are widely used in an attempt to vilify peaceful pro-life people, yet there have been no findings or prosecutions of intimidation and harassment concerning pro-life vigils in the United Kingdom.”