Thu 4 Nov, 2021

I believe that everyone should be able to access healthcare unimpeded, and that no one should face harassment or intimidation while doing so Gillian Mackay

Scottish Green health spokesperson Gillian Mackay is to consult on a member’s bill that would create buffer zones around abortion clinics and other healthcare settings to prevent protestors restricting access to services.

The Central Scotland MSP announced the move during her debate on buffer zones in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the Back Of Scotland campaign.

Gillian Mackay said:

“I believe that everyone should be able to access healthcare unimpeded, and that no one should face harassment or intimidation while doing so.

“Scottish local authorities have stated that they do not have the ability to introduce buffer zones under the current law, and progress appears to have halted. I do believe there is a risk that leaving it to local authorities to implement buffer zones could result in a postcode lottery, whereby some women are able to access abortion services without fear of harassment, but others are not. I believe that a national approach is required.

“I am therefore very pleased to announce my intention to lodge a Member’s Bill on buffer zones around abortion clinics. I will be honoured to take forward such important legislation and I intend to consult with a wide range of individuals and groups to hear their thoughts on the Bill’s proposals.”

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