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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal against abortion ‘buffer zone’

April 2020

Alina Dulgheriu and daughter
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The UK Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge against a ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic in Ealing, London.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was imposed around an abortion facility in the London Borough of Ealing.

Introduced in April 2018, the Order criminalises activities including silent prayer and offers of help.

A legal challenge against the Order was brought by Alina Dulgheriu (pictured, right). She said she was ‘devastated’ that the Supreme Court will not consider her appeal.

‘My little girl is here today because of the practical and emotional support that I was offered outside a Marie Stopes centre, and I brought the appeal to ensure that other women did not have this vital support option removed.’

She is considering whether to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Be Here For Me, which campaigns for the freedom to speak about abortion outside such centres, described it as ‘a very sad day for vulnerable women’.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Howard said: ‘In five years of the pro-life vigil’s work in Ealing, hundreds of women have accepted an offer of help and chose to keep their baby rather than have an abortion.

‘It is disgraceful that in both court judgments, there is literally not a single sentence, not a single word, dedicated to the women who have been helped by the vigil, who are grateful for the vigil, and who have given the other side of the story.

‘The Supreme Court had an opportunity to rectify this deep miscarriage of justice, but has now declined to do so.’