In 2017, there were 363 hospitals and clinics in England and Wales that carried out abortions. Through the review, we found that 36 hospitals and clinics have experienced anti-abortion demonstrations. Having considered the evidence of the review, I [Savid Javid, then Home Secretary] have therefore reached the conclusion that introducing national buffer zones would not be a proportionate response, considering the experiences of the majority of hospitals and clinics, and considering that the majority of activities are more passive in nature.https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2018-09-13/HCWS958
I can’t easily find out how many such clinics there are in Scotland but, pro rata, you’d expect there to be around 36. How many have seen protests? I can only find evidence of one, in Glasgow last week. There was also, in the same period, a pro-choice protest in Edinburgh.
If these are rare and non-violent protests, do we need a new national law? If they were to become violent then surely existing policing powers are adequate?
If you want a free democratic society then you have to allow peaceful protests by those you disagree with.