This report just in from Abortion Rights Cardiff on the first day of 40 Days for Life’s vigil…
There was a pro choice presence (one woman with a placard saying “Abortion is a woman’s right to choose”) during the first five hours of the 40 DfL picket of the BPAS clinic in Cardiff. During the morning, quite a number of people, including one priest, spent an hour or two with 40 DfL, so they had between three and half a dozen people there most of the time.
However, from 12.10 and 12.50 there was only one man left there: he had to tie one end of his banner to the taxi shelter and try to manage the arguments he was provoking with passers-by on his own.
Three passers-by approached 40 DfL to express support during the first five hours of their picket. During that time over thirty passers-by stopped to express support for a woman’s right to choose and/or to argue with 40 DfL. No-one gave 40 DfL anything. The woman holding the pro choice placard was spontaneously brought a bottle of water, a Danish pastry, a cup of tea and packet of biscuits by kind well-wishers (she was thirsty; she didn’t think she was looking particularly hungry but she appreciated the pastry and biscuits, all the same).
So, if you’re in Cardiff and want to make a positive stand against 40DFL, join Abortion Rights Cardiff in supporting choice. If you don’t want to stand outside, or can’t, you could always make a donation £3, £6, £40 - up to you!
That’s right. We were at the BPCA opening event in Stratford last night, and pleased to see so many others turn up to support our right to access reproductive health care free from harassment.
From today, anti-choice protesters will be outside abortion clinics in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Milton Keynes and Manchester. If you want to help us show them they’re not welcome, here’s what you can do:
We’ll have more news here next week, but for now, thanks for visiting.