A pregnant woman walked into a debate with an anti-abortion protester and made her voice heard.
In the U.K., there are no protections for patients from anti-abortion protestors. As such, protestors can go right up to the front of a clinic, put up huge signs, and record everyone walking in and out of the establishment (which is a widely known intimidation tactic). The hope is that with enough intimidation, they can shame women who are struggling with a difficult and very personal decision into not going through with it.
A guy with a camera decided to confront them, and he was doing an OK job of it until this very pregnant woman showed up and explained in much clearer detail why their efforts were misguided, cruel, and unacceptable. The nice lady who has had enough starts chiming in at 1:13. A protestor who previously had an abortion gets the brunt of it.
As our friendly advocate puts it perfectly: "When you had your abortion, that was your choice. For you to be standing out here and making other women feel guilty is so wrong."
You can watch the whole thing here:
Don't get me wrong — I think everyone should be able to protest the things they disagree with. However, this is active intimidation of people who are in a medically vulnerable moment when they need all the support they can get. If protestors really cared about not traumatizing these women, they would protest outside a government building, not in the place where patients are trying to receive medical care.
People who want to force their personal beliefs onto other people's private lives and very personal decisions shouldn't be allowed to traumatize women. Intimidation isn't acceptable.
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