Over the last few years, the space outside many abortion clinics in England has become contested. Right-wing religious groups have been making their presence felt outside clinics, both with prayer vigils complete with hymns and religious icons, and through the deployment of specially trained ‘pavement councillors’ who make great efforts to stop women going into clinics.
Feminist Fightback has been one of the groups who have taken action against this growing anti-choice presence, countering in particular the group ‘Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants’. This is a comparatively new terrain of struggle, and we have experimented with different strategies, and initiated a series of conversations on tactics with other activists. We cannot ignore these groups and hope they will go away; we need to organise, and refuse to let them take this space.
The defence of a woman’s right to choose should not just be an issue for the feminist movement, but needs to involve others standing in solidarity with those seeking an abortion. The next big mobilisation of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in East London will be on Saturday May 9th in Stratford. Feminist Fightback will be there, providing a pro-choice presence and offering support to those using the clinic on the day. Please join us.
All genders very welcome to both the meeting and the action.
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