Respond to Richmond Council’s Consultation
There is increasing pressure in the UK from abortion provider BPAS to introduce censorship zones around abortion centres in the UK. Richmond Council are currently consulting on a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would criminalise offers of help and prayer outside the BPAS centre on Rosslyn Road. This is despite the fact that not a single prosecution has been brought against anyone for peacefully offering help in Richmond, and a similar PSPO in Ealing is being challenged in court.
We have made it easy for you to take action on this. Please take five minutes to respond to Richmond’s consultation to let them know that you oppose their proposals to ban offers of help and support outside of the BPAS centre on Rosslyn Road.
R E A S O N S to O P P O S E
BANS HELP WHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST
Hundreds of women are helped by pro-life outreach every year. This help is offered ‘at the gate’ because that is the place of need. The clinic gate is the last possible proven…
The imposition of censorship zones ignores the real experience of thousands of women. Women are being denied the opportunity to give back the same kind of help they received.
VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS
Censorship zones would prevent the otherwise legal activities of citizens and violate well-established human rights. Such rights are enshrined both in domestic law and international convention.
Preventing the free assembly of citizens on public land and the
exchange of information and ideas is deadly to democracy.
Censorship zones are draconian because they criminalise citizens for activities that would otherwise be legal…
EXISTING POWERS PROTECT
There are wide ranging powers available for authorities to keep public order and protect the public…
"FAKE NEWS" DRIVEN
The media has been flooded with misleading phrases such as ‘harassment’ or ‘abuse’ intended to mis-characterise the true nature of vigils.
ENCOURAGES 'MOB RULE'
The implementation of censorship zones set a precedent that a pressure group can censor another minority group they disagree with…
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Press release – For immediate release Mothers welcome home office abortion ‘buffer zone’ decision A group of mothers who were offered help outside abortion clinics by pro-life vigils have [...]