City Bans Prayer, Prohibits Praying Outside Local Abortion Center
In the latest example of official intolerance towards pro-lifers, Richmond Council has voted to impose a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) around the BPAS abortion centre on Rosslyn Road, Twickenham.
Yesterday, the council unanimously ratified an earlier decision to implement the PSPO and so ban the peaceful pro-life prayer vigil primarily run by the Good Counsel Network.
Richmond is the second council after Ealing to use a PSPO (which replaced ASBOs) to prevent people praying and offering help to women outside an abortion clinic. Like at Ealing, concerns have been raised by Liberty and other organisations about the provisions of the order being too broad and too vague to render it proportionate. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to make any offer of help to women on Rosslyn Road, and bans ‚Äúdirected‚ÄĚ prayer and counselling....
How inconsiderate that a group of people would passionately plead for mothers to not have their children butchered alive. Can‚Äôt these zealously concerned individuals get a life and stop being a bother to society?
And the thought that they would show such love as to pray for the mother and her child shows a complete lack of tolerance.
Both London Boroughs of Ealing, in West London north of the Thames, and now Richmond, in South West London, have now passed these local ordinances, protecting the abortion clinics in their areas from any meaningful protest, or outreach to the mothers who are seeking to use their services.
The three main charitable semi-private organisations that provide most of the abortion services in Britain, Marie Stopes Clinics, Brooke Advisory Services, and British Pregnancy Advisory Services, our three equivalents of Planned Parenthood, and our state financed National Health Service, wish to make abortion completely available for virtually any reason.
Tragically, pretty well, the only ones protesting are fairly traditional Roman Catholic groups such as the ones that were protesting in Ealing and Richmond. There is a small evangelical section of SPUC, the main pro-life charity.
"Clare McCullough of the Good Counsel Network (GCN) told SPUC that she offered to reduce the vigil to just one person with a leaflet offering help, with no one praying and no placards, but was told that would be ‚Äútoo distressing for clients and staff."
Too distressing for the clients and the staff? How ridiculous, and once again, the potential of hurting someone's feelings, or making them feel bad, in this case, about murdering a little, helpless human being, takes a lawful precedence. Reminds me of the "crime" of telling a child that sodomy/homosexuality, is wrong; an abominable sin. Also, this is right in line with hospital employed physicians being instructed to not tell their patients that their sodomite lifestyles may very well kill them, and others, because that sort of news causes too much emotional trauma, and anxiety.
You'd think that the AIDS plague has all but been cured, and a lifestyle disease of the distant past. We never hear about it anymore. Nobody talks about it, and nobody warns of it, etc., because people's feelings now take precedence, and when any topic has the potential of making someone feel bad, or scare them, then those topics are not to be discussed any longer. A nation gone stark raving mad...