Anti-abortion protesters target websites and clinic
Activists have struck back against Ireland’s introduction of abortion services by picketing a clinic and launching potentially misleading websites that mimic the state’s support service for unplanned pregnancies.
A group holding placards protested outside a doctor’s office in Galway last week in an effort to deter women from seeking abortion pills just three days after abortion services became legal.
About half a dozen people carried signs bearing slogans including “Say no to abortion in Galway” and “Real doctors don’t terminate their patients”.
Organisers said it was a peaceful demonstration that received positive public feedback. But pro-choice groups condemned the picket as intimidation and urged the government to establish exclusion zones to prevent protests outside clinics.
“I do find that this is public harassment, effectively, of people who are trying to access abortion services here,” Ailbhe Smyth from the Together for Yes campaign told Newstalk radio station last Friday.