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UK Supreme Court says ban on protests around abortion clinics does not breach human rights

UK Supreme Court says ban on protests around abortion clinics does not breach human rights
Liam Gibson, Policy and Legal Officer SPUC
ET staff writer
ET staff writer
21 December, 2022 2 min read

Banning pro-life protests outside abortion clinics is lawful, according to a ruling by the UK Supreme Court.

The court was asked to decide whether legislation introduced in Northern Ireland, which includes a ban on such protests, breached human rights.

The court decided that so-called abortion buffer zones do not ‘disproportionately interfere’ with protesters’ rights.

Pro-life groups were disappointed by the ruling, saying that the new law threatens peaceful demonstrators with arrests, fines, and imprisonment.

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