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Ealing abortion clinic protest ban approved


Ealing abortion clinic protest ban approved
BBC News

An "unprecedented" ban on protestors outside abortion clinics could be introduced in a London borough.Councillors in Ealing overwhelmingly backed a proposal to stop anti-abortion groups protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.Bindi Rai, who brought the motion, said it would allow women to access "legal healthcare without intimidation".The Good Counsel Network, which holds daily vigils outside the centre in Mattock Lane, denies harassing women.Two councillors voted against the measure at Tuesday's meeting.'National implications'The council motion said 3,593 residents signed a petition, delivered by campaign group Sister Supporter, backing the move.It said dozens also wrote letters describing "disruption and distress" caused by the protestors.Speaking after the vote, Ms Rai said there could be "national implications", and that Ealing could be the first council to take action against protestors outside abortion clinics.

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