Anti-abor­tion protesters tar­get web­sites and clinic

The Guardian Weekly - - Gobal Report -

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.

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