Freedom of speech for anti-abortion protesters?
A pro-life campaigner and a pro-choice activist go head-to-head in this debate about the rise of US-style anti-abortion protests outside clinics in the UK.
Peter Williams, executive officer of Right to Life, and Kate Smurthwaite, vice chair of Abortion Rights UK, go head-to-head in this debate about the rise of US-style anti-abortion protests outside clinics in the UK. Williams kicks off the debate by explaining that while he disagrees with the use of graphic images of aborted foetuses by groups such as Abort67, he stands by their right to use them. (Warning, graphic images: click here to see a selection of the recent displays used by Abort67.) For Williams, the intentions of such groups “isn’t to harass but show them [the women] the reality of what they’re going to go through”. Smurthwaite says that protesters filming and “chasing after women going into these clinics” should be arrested for harassment. She says: “For me there is a line and that line has to be drawn well this side of harassment for people who are exercising their legal right to seek medical treatment when they want it.” On the use of images, she adds: “People have the right to choose whether or not to see those images.”