Wed 7 Sep, 2022

Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay has welcomed the Scottish Government’s support for her Bill to establish 150 metre safe access zones, or Buffer Zones, outside medical facilities that provide abortion care.

The Bill has already received the support of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of GPs. Over 12,000 people filled in the Consultation about the Bill.

Commenting, Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay said: 

“Nobody should be abused or intimidated when accessing healthcare, but, over recent years, we have seen a huge increase in anti-choice campaigners targeting medical facilities that provide abortion services.”

“Some of the campaigners are bringing graphic banners and using loudspeakers. The service users and staff I have spoken to have told me about the terrible impact that these so-called vigils have had.”

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting my Bill to stop these shameful protests once and for all.”

“Abortion rights are human rights, and, as the appalling decision to rollback reproductive rights in the US shows, our progress can be fragile. That is why we must do everything we can to protect and advance it.” 

“I will be working with the Scottish Government to ensure that these vital changes are in place as soon as possible to make sure that nobody is harassed in this way.”

Get involved

More like this

Scottish Greens condemn “40 days of intimidation” from anti-choice campaigners

Wed 28 Sep, 2022

The Scottish Greens have condemned the anti-choice campaign groups that have began 40 days of protests across Scotland outside medical facilities that provide abortion services. The protests are being coordinated by 40 Days For Life, a Texas-based anti-choice organisation. 

It is reported that campaigners will be targeting healthcare facilities in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Falkirk.

All Scotland international football matches should be free to view

Wed 21 Sep, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the decision by ITV to show tonight’s Scotland vs Ukraine match for free, and have called for the Scottish Football Association to work with broadcasters to allow more fans to watch Scotland games without the need to pay in the future. 

The upcoming match against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday 24 September will be broadcast on Premier Sports and can only be watched via a subscription.

Gillian Mackay MSP, health and sports spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: 

Greens: buffer zone pilots very welcome but national solution is vital

Mon 29 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens health spokesperson, Gillian Mackay MSP, has welcomed moves to use Council bye-laws to create buffer zones that would prevent the harassment of people who are accessing abortion services. 

Gillian is currently taking a Member’s Bill through Parliament that would create national buffer zones. The consultation that she introduced received 12,000 responses. Her Bill has been supported by BMA Scotland and the Royal College of GPs.