Abortion Clinic Protest Review
Have you knowledge of, or have you been involved in protests or other related activity outside healthcare clinics offering abortion services in England and Wales in the last twelve months?
Have you had any engagement with the following in respect of protests or other related activity outside healthcare clinics? Please summarise the nature of the engagement as follows:
Police Forces / Police and Crime Commissioners
Protest groups / supporters
Other: for example local residents, members of the public
What do you understand to be the purpose of the protests or other related activity outside healthcare clinics?
To the best of your knowledge, how many healthcare clinics have experienced protests or other related activity in the last 12 months?
If possible, please list the clinics or state the local authority or police force area in which they have taken place.
What is the frequency of the protest activity?
What is the average number of people in attendance at any one time?
What is the nature of the activity undertaken outside the clinics? (e.g. handing of leaflets, praying, talking to passers-by)
Do you have any evidence that clients and staff of healthcare clinics are being harassed and / or intimidated?
Do you record incidents of alleged harassment and / or intimidation that occur to healthcare clinic clients and employees?
Are you aware of any protesters that may have suffered any harassment and / or intimidation whilst in the vicinity of a healthcare clinic?
Have any incidents you are aware of, or have been involved in, been reported to the police?
Are you aware of any arrests of protesters whilst in the vicinity of a healthcare clinic?
If applicable, what measures, if any, have you taken to address the situation of alleged harassment and / or intimidation of healthcare clinics clients and / or employees?
If applicable, what advice and support, if any, do you offer clients and employees of healthcare clinics when encountering protesters?
Have you any examples of protesters being asked to relocate their demonstrations / gatherings?
Do you have any evidence in respect of allegations that protesters being present at healthcare clinics can lead to clients at the clinic feeling harassed and / or intimidated, and deterring women from accessing healthcare services?