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This petition calls for Ealing Council to end the persistent presence of the anti-abortion vigil outside the Marie Stopes Reproductive Centre on Mattock Lane, Ealing.
Petition has closed and a response from the council has been published.

Take all measures within its power, including but not limited to the establishment of a Public Spaces Protection Order, to move anti-abortion campaigners away from the area immediately outside the Mattock Lane clinic (to a distance of at least 100M) and to allow women to access its services free from interference and intimidation.

The anti-abortionist vigils that occur daily on Mattock Lane amount to more than the exercise of their right to protest and it is time that action is taken to prevent this harassment. The council can protect the space around the clinic under s59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and also have duties under s149 Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation of women. The sustained intimidation and presence outside the clinic not only causes great distress to patients, but has a persistent detrimental effect on people living, working in and visiting the Walpole ward. 

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Saturday, 24 June 2017
Sunday, 30 July 2017
Sister Supporter
This petition currently has 3593 signatures in total.
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This petition has been reviewed and the following response has been offered:
I am writing to you as a signatory of the Sister Supporter petition to end bullying and intimidation outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane, Ealing. You may be aware that your petition came to our Full council meeting on Tuesday 10 October and was debated for more than an hour. Usual procedure in these circumstances is for a petition to be formally noted, however, the local ward Councillors - Binda Rai and Gareth Shaw - believed this issue was important enough to warrant a vote and proper democratic resolution, and so proposed a motion to that effect. Of the 60 voting councillors present the motion was overwhelmingly supported by 58 with two abstentions. I was proud to vote for it as Leader of the Council. You can see the full text of our motion below. The Sister Supporter petition calls for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to be rolled out on Mattock Lane and that is one of a number of options we are likely to consider. I have asked our community safety team to present an options paper to Cabinet once it has concluded its investigation into anti-social behaviour outside the clinic in the next month or so. Whatever legal mechanism we choose to deploy, we will need to go to public consultation before any final decision can be taken on the way forward. Only after that statutory consultation has concluded will the council be able to take the decision on the most appropriate solution. Given the risk of legal challenge we have to get this process right and so ask for your patience as we start down this long road. But please be reassured – the council is committed to find a solution to this problem. Ealing Council is committed to defend the freedom of all residents to go about their lawful business in our Borough as they see fit. To keep updated on developments with this issue and receive local news and feature stories and more from the council please sign up for updates at http://www.uploadlibrary.com/EalingCouncil/preference-centre/register.html Kind regards, Cllr Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council bellj@ealing.gov.uk Motion to Council 10.10.17 End harassment and intimidation on Mattock Lane Proposer: Cllr Rai Seconder: Cllr Shaw Ealing Council notes the 3,593 residents who signed the Sister Supporter petition and the dozens of letters from residents on and around Mattock Lane who report a “detrimental effect on my quality of life” as a result of disruption and distress caused by the protesters. This motion is explicitly not one for or against abortion, which is available in Great Britain in the circumstances laid out in the Abortion Act 1967. It is a motion that seeks to protect the rights of individuals from harassment and intimidation when accessing legally existing health services and of local residents and clinic staff not to be exposed to related disruption and distress on a daily basis. Many protesters use deliberately disturbing and graphic images and models, including those purporting to be of dismembered foetuses. They also distribute leaflets containing misleading information about abortion, and often follow, record and question women as they enter or leave the centres. Significant numbers of women report feeling intimidated and distressed by this activity as they try to access a lawful healthcare service in confidence. The right to protest needs to be balanced with the right of pregnant women to choose and to obtain advice and treatment in confidence and free from intimidation. Those who wish to campaign to restrict women’s reproductive choices have plenty of opportunities and locations in which to do so. The area outside a clinic need not and should not be one of them. Equally, local residents who live on Mattock Lane and surrounding streets should not have to be exposed to constant nuisance, disruption and anxiety caused by such protests on a daily basis. Further, the staff at Marie Stopes and all women’s health clinics should be protected from bullying and intimidation at their place of work. This Council commits to fully explore every possible option and will take all necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protestors from intimidating and harassing women outside the Marie Stopes Clinic on Mattock Lane. The Council will do this to provide the necessary reassurance and security that all women need and deserve as they make their own personal decision about their pregnancy and to defend the quality of life of those residents living nearby who pass the clinic on a regular basis.
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