Anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life launch their Lenten protest outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow

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The anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life has returned to protest outside a Glasgow hospital for the ninth consecutive year.

The Texas based faction launched their “Lenten prayer and fasting vigil” today across 656 cities throughout the world.

Its aim is to demonstrate outside clinics which provide pregnancy terminations coinciding with the Christian period of abstinence called Lent, lasting for 40 days.

The vigil this morning at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow witnessed three members of the group praying in unison and holding various posters with different messages on them.

Those members refused to comment on their protest but did pass on leaflets which included various numbers to call in times of crisis and more information surrounding the group.

The actions taken by the group have caused outrage with pro-choice organisations and charities in Scotland and has fuelled a potential new bill which is currently going through the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP Gillian Mackay hopes that her legislation for buffer zones will come into place soon meaning that this year could see the last of these demonstrations.

The Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill will mean that pro-life protesters could be fined if they are protesting within 200 meters of clinics, a protester could face an unlimited fine for serious breaches.

She took to twitter this morning to say: “Abortion rights are human rights, and they are non-negotiable.”

Audrey, who has been providing abortion health care for over 30 years, said that the protest outside the hospital is “heartless”. She added: “I don’t think anyone should be subjected to that, but it seems to me as kind of thoughtless. They’re standing outside the hospital with pictures on giant posters of foetuses. In the very same place, there’s women who’ve had miscarriages or stillborn babies.”

In the time that she spent providing abortion health care, she has seen a yearly increase in protests outside facilities which provide terminations.

Audrey continued by saying: “I just can’t see how this is acceptable in this day and age of women’s rights – that they should be so intimidated when seeking healthcare.”

Pro choice campaigners add their own posters to the vigil.

When asked if they believe that these protests should take place outside the hospital, one shopper at Paisley Road West said: “I think it’s a freedom of choice for people and I think that if it’s a silent protest or a peaceful protest then I think it’s okay.”

Another said that they shouldn’t be allowed to do it “that close to the hospital” and that the protest is “a bit crazy.”

Campaigners who are against these protests outside the hospital attached their own displays to the fence behind the anti-abortion group.

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2 thoughts on “Anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life launch their Lenten protest outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow

  1. It enrages me to see this type of behaviour especially towards woman seeking care at our hospitals and this is the treatment they get, RIDICULOUS!!!! Very informative article Amy, well done for trying to talk to these uneducated folks. Heaven knows I couldn’t do it myself 🙂

  2. Everyone has a right to protest but totally against this being so close to hospitals and clinics freedom of choice is a given right

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