Abortion buffer zone laws could be watered downAbortion
Reports have emerged suggesting the Home Secretary, James Cleverly, will water down guidance on how the new abortion clinic buffer zone law will work in practice.
According to some sources, official guidance to be published soon could still allow silent prayer within the zone. People will also be allowed to approach women attending an abortion clinic to discuss the issue.
MPs last year voted in an amendment to the Public Order Act to introduce nationwide buffer zones after claims women were being harassed by pro-life campaigners.
According to iNews, the draft guidance says:
The Home Office is currently consulting on the non-statutory guidance on abortion clinic buffer zones and the final version will be published once all the responses have been considered.
Charity CARE has engaged with parliament and government on this issue, saying that while genuine harassment was wrong, any buffer zone law risked fundamentally undermining freedom of speech.