Last night Ealing Council made history by being the first to take action against the harassment of women carried out by anti-choice groups at an abortion clinic. The full council meeting unanimously voted on a motion to “fully explore every possible option” taking all “necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protestors from intimidating and harassing women” at the Marie Stopes Clinic, Mattock Lane in Ealing.
Anna Veglio-White, founder of Sister Supporter, presented the petition to the council meeting and told of the terrible harassment women faced entering and exiting the clinic. One teenage client had been told by protesters that she would be “haunted by her baby”. Anna in immediate response to the overwhelming vote said “Today, I am really proud to say I am from Ealing“.
Sister Supporter are delighted by the outcome of the council meeting. We thank everyone who spoke on behalf of the women, of the clinic and the residents of Ealing. We welcome with cautious optimism the result, though appreciate the journey ahead will be a long but worthwhile one.
We want to thank all of the amazing people who turned up to show their support both inside and outside the Town Hall, and to everyone who has supported us over the last two years. This is only the start of the journey to bring this 22 year legacy of harassment to a close, but it is an important milestone and one that would not have been possible without the strength and determination of everyone who has supported this cause in the Ealing community and beyond. We hope that other councils and eventually the Government will follow, in protecting women from harm when accessing healthcare.