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Increasing ‘safe access zones’ boundaries will serve little purpose – Brolly

Aontú Deputy Leader Gemma Brolly has expressed her disappointment following news that the Northern Trust is considering expanding the zone around Causeway Hospital where anti-abortion activists can protest, by an extra 250 metres at the behest of pro-abortion activists and politicians in the area.

Mrs Brolly said:

“Aontú did not support the passing of this legislation mainly because we knew situations like this would arise where zones would be expanded at will and the hampering of the right to protest would be further eroded aimed only at those who support the fundamental right to life.

We have had harrowing scenes in Britain where a woman was arrested for silently praying near an abortion clinic, yet here we have people who would protest at the drop of a hat seeking to dilute the right to protest for those who disagree with them.

Adding 250 metres to a so-called safe access zone will have absolutely no effect on the wider situation.  While we as a party don’t attend these protests, it is clear that the strength of feeling amongst those who do protest will not be affected by yet another curtailment of their democratic right.

What is further unlikely to help is those involved in abortion procedures lauding their work on social media, where it is plain that it serves to agitate and upset those who fundamentally disagree with the ending of a life.”

By Aontú Press | 20 December, 2023

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