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PRESS RELEASE: Parliament hears woman’s powerful message against abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’: daughter would not be alive today if MPs had their way

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Parliament hears woman’s powerful message against abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’: daughter would not be alive today if MPs had their way

In a Parliamentary debate on ‘buffer zones’ lead by Rupa Huq MP this evening, MPs heard a powerful testimony from a woman who had kept her baby after receiving support from a pro-life group outside the Ealing abortion clinic.

The message, read out by Sir Edward Leigh in the debate, detailed the pressure the women had come under to go through with a termination. She then leapt out the ground floor window of the abortion clinic and cleared three fences to escape.

It was after meeting a pro-life women at a vigil outside the clinic, who offered her the support she felt she needed to keep her baby, that she felt she had the confidence to leave and she was then supported by the group the women worked with to continue the pregnancy.

She ended her testimony with a clear message for MPs, such as Rupa Huq, who want to introduce buffer zones outside abortion clinics:

“I had my baby who is now three and a half years old. She’s an amazing, perfect little girl and the love of my life. I want MPs here today calling to introduce buffer zones to realise, that she would not be alive today, if they had their way.”

Peter D Williams, Executive Officer, Right To Life said:

“It was so good to finally hear in public from one of the many women who have kept their babies because of the support they have received from pro-life vigils outside an abortion clinic. Buffer zones would remove this option for women. Instead they would be left with the high pressure sales tactics of an industry that has just been investigated by the Care Quality Commission who reported that they had been paying bonuses to staff for persuading women to go ahead with abortions.”

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FULL TRANSCRIPT OF TESTIMONY READ BY SIR EDWARD LEIGH:

“I never wanted to go through with an abortion but I felt a lot of pressure from people around me who offered it as a no brainer solution.

On the way into the clinic at the Marie Stopes clinic at Ealing I was offered a leaflet by a woman who I spoke to briefly. She just told me she was there if I needed her. I then went into the clinic, still not happy about being there for an abortion, but under immense pressure from a group of people that were with me to go through with it.

Once in the clinic, while the group were distracted I leapt out of the ground floor window and cleared 3 fences to escape. I talked to the woman on the gate again, who offered any support I needed to keep my baby and this gave me the confidence to leave where I was supported by the group that this women worked with.

I didn’t find any aggression from the people offering support outside the Ealing clinic at all. They did have leaflets documenting the development of a baby, a fetus, in the early stages.

The potential introduction of buffer zones is a really bad idea because women like me, what would they do then? You know, not every woman that walks into those clinics actually wants to go through with the termination. There’s immense pressure, maybe they don’t have financial means to support themselves or their baby, or they feel like there’s no alternatives. These people offer alternatives.

I had my baby who is now three and a half years old. She’s an amazing, perfect little girl and the love of my life. I want MPs here today calling to introduce buffer zones to realise, that she would not be alive today, if they had their way.”