Abortion Rights campaign in Britain notes with alarm the reports of a man found with an explosive device and knives on his person at Wind Women’s Centre in Kansas. This clinic has been targeted by anti-choice protesters and terrorists before, resulting in the assassination of the doctor who ran the clinic previously, Dr. George Tiller in 2009.
We campaign strongly against the ‘Americanisation’ of the anti-choice protesting we are seeing creeping into Britain. Abortion Rights have had an increase of reports of anti-choice activity outside of abortion clinics and health facilities that provide abortions in England and Wales.
Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights Chair says:
‘Anti-choice activists appear to be bypassing debates in Parliament and the media and going straight to clinics to harass women. These clinic protests are out of place. Women should be free to access their healthcare without fear of intimidation’
Notes to editors:
- A 20 year old man was arrested at an abortion clinic in Kansas on 17/08/2015 and has been charged with unlawful possession of explosives, as reported by CNN.
- George Tiller was murdered outside his church by anti-abortion protester in 2009.
- Since 1991 there have been 17 attempted murders of abortion providers in the USA, 8 clinic workers have been killed.
- Abortion Rights recently issued an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health asking that he take responsibility for investigating clinic closures in England and Walesand ensures safe, accessible abortion provision.
- Women and staff have increasingly been facing harassment by anti-choice activists who have been intimidating staff and patients by using various tactics. For example: filming service users and staff going in and out the facilities; using graphic and exaggerated images of ‘aborted foetuses’; invading personal space by blocking peoples’ paths, including grabbing and touching people; and handing out medically inaccurate and misleading leaflets. This creates an atmosphere of intimidation and disrespects and disregards women’s personal medical choices and medical staff’s right to work free from harassment.
- Abortion Rights is the UK’s national campaign for a woman’s right to choose on abortion. www.abortionrights.org.uk
- 1 in 3 UK women will have at least one abortion in her lifetime.
- Abortion is legal in England, Scotland and Wales provided two doctors agree the procedure is in the patient’s best interest. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland unless the mother’s life is at risk.
- 96% of women who have abortions have their terminations funded by the NHS
- Abortion Rights condemns street harassment outside medical clinics which intimidates vulnerable women.
- The majority of the British public is pro-choice. A recent YovGov poll concludes that 93% support a woman’s right to choose.