Politicians in Birmingham, England are considering a buffer zone around their local abortion facility that would block pro-life advocates from providing information to women.
The Birmingham Mail reports the proposal would create a 200 meter (656 foot) buffer zone around the Marie Stopes abortion facility in Edgbaston, a distance that basically would end pro-life sidewalk counseling and peaceful pro-life protests in the city.
Councilors Paulette Hamilton and Jayne Francis urged the city council to adopt a buffer zone in a motion earlier this fall, according to the report.
Abortion activists are pushing the proposal with false and misleading claims about protecting women from harassment.
Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Birmingham, told the Mail that abortion activists have not produced any evidence of the alleged harassment.
“I was saddened but not surprised those pushing this motion in the council didn’t bother to contact a single member of the 40 Days for Life team or witness a vigil before making their uninformed decision,” Vaughan-Spruce said.
“Paulette Hamilton’s speech was full of false information from start to finish, implying that someone dresses up as a priest, who is not a priest, and stands at the centre throwing holy water at women and volunteers have physically prevented women from entering,” she continued. “There is a camera trained on the entrance to Marie Stopes so why is evidence never provided for these inflammatory statements?”