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Why women need protection from anti-abortion protesters

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15.10.2021

Does Jim Allister’s defence of public protest extend to people yelling “murderer!” in the face of a vulnerable young woman?

Does he consider it acceptable for protesters to follow her down the street, waving a picture of an aborted foetus in her face, and telling her she’s going to burn in hell?

How about splashing her with holy water, to cleanse her from her supposed sin: is he okay with that?

I pose these questions because of the TUV leader’s preposterous claim that creating ‘safe access’ areas outside abortion clinics could make protest itself a criminal act.

Mr Allister made the claim at Stormont this week, in response to a Private Member’s Bill brought to the Assembly by Green Party leader Clare Bailey.

Ms Bailey is proposing new legislation which would create buffer zones outside sexual health facilities, where it would be illegal to approach or attempt to influence people using the building. It would also be against the law to film them, hand out leaflets or offer counselling to them.

Jim Allister was incandescent. He stormed that the proposal constitutes “an all-out assault on freedom of expression, an all-out assault on the right to protest”, amounting to “censorship” and........

© Belfast Telegraph


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