SNP action on abortion protests is proportionate

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.

2 thoughts on “SNP action on abortion protests is proportionate

  1. “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.”

    Sorry but just NO.
    On more than one occasion I have witnessed these protests in Edinburgh.
    And the kindest discription I could give of the protesters is, foul mouthed, antagonistic, bigoted, religious zealots. (there are others but probably not printable)
    And I must question how that kind of abuse I witnessed being dished out to someone who is most probably in a state of poor mental health at that point.
    Cannot be regarded as a violent assault.
    On several occasions I have stood between them and challenged the protesters in accordance with the religious beliefs they spout.
    Not once have they been willing or able to provide any answers to my questions.
    I might also point out that each protest group I have witnessed, has been funded/driven/advised by a group based in the USA. (As if we don’t have enough religious bigots in this country)

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  2. “If you want a free democratic society then you have to allow peaceful protests by those you disagree with.”

    Unless, of course, your protest is against government policy and you want to protest at the place where the policy is enacted. In that case, a law must be passed to prevent the public from voicing their disagreement. MSPs are such delicate flowers, that they must be protected from the effects of disagreement at all costs in case it seriouly damages their mental capacities.

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