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  • Buffer zone around London abortion clinic is a first for Britain

    A municipal council in a West London suburb voted this week to allow a buffer zone around an abortion clinic — the first such zone of its kind in Britain, where abortion has been legal for 50 years.

    The move has buoyed abortion-rights supporters, who are looking for the creation of more such zones around the nation. But it troubles abortion opponents and others who say it violates their free speech rights.

    The debate, while relatively new to Britain...

    Read more here: https://religionnews.com/2018/04/13/...t-for-britain/

    I think a buffer zone is a great idea.

    How about you?

  • #2
    Depends. It should be large enough that a person with a bullhorn can't be audible in direct line-of sight, at least.

    Loren

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    • #3
      I wish the buffer zone could be made big enough that every single one of those people couldn't leave their homes.

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      • #4
        Chama: It doesn't violate their free speech rights. They just can't confront those who are going into the clinic. And that is what they do. I've seen them on the lawn of a medical building containing several practices where they claim "Babies are killed here!" Well the ophthalmologist isn't performing abortions. Neither is the periodontist.

        If there is a discussion in Parliament among the members and some visitor starts to rant about his/her opinion of the subject, that person will be escorted out. Same in our Congress.

        It would lend support to their cause if they were willing to adopt some of these mixed race kids or those who were damaged by maternal substance use. They say "Adoption not abortion" but do they really mean that -- for themselves?

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        • #5
          What about the unborn's buffer zone? That gets violated routinely.

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          • #6
            There are almost no free speech rights left in Britain.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ron View Post
              What about the unborn's buffer zone? That gets violated routinely.
              If you consider "the unborn" as a separate entity, then you have to accept that it is invading the personal space of another entity, with risk of death or injury, and it comes down to self-defense. I support the right of anyone to defend their lives when subjected to a literal threat to their lives.

              Since I don't think of a woman as nothing more than a baby-making domestic animal, I accord her the right to decide whether or not to allow a fetus to develop in her uterus.

              Loren

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Loren View Post

                If you consider "the unborn" as a separate entity, then you have to accept that it is invading the personal space of another entity, with risk of death or injury, and it comes down to self-defense. I support the right of anyone to defend their lives when subjected to a literal threat to their lives.

                Since I don't think of a woman as nothing more than a baby-making domestic animal, I accord her the right to decide whether or not to allow a fetus to develop in her uterus.

                Loren
                Women do die from directly -fetal-related causes, so we ought to be charging babies who kill their mothers with homicide. Sound absurd when put that way, doesn't it? Yet we want women to be prevented from ending non-viable pregnancies.

                I note that Ron is male. I do not accept the right of any man to decide on the issue of what a woman does with her body, unless I can have the right to force sterilization or castration on a man.
                Metpatpetet מתפתפתת
                אשרי אדם, מצא חכמה ואדם יפיק תבונה
                Proverbs 3:13

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Metpatpetet View Post

                  Women do die from directly -fetal-related causes, so we ought to be charging babies who kill their mothers with homicide. Sound absurd when put that way, doesn't it? Yet we want women to be prevented from ending non-viable pregnancies.

                  I note that Ron is male. I do not accept the right of any man to decide on the issue of what a woman does with her body, unless I can have the right to force sterilization or castration on a man.
                  Agreed. Actually, I don't accept the right of any _person_, regardless of gender, to decide on the issue of what another person does with their body. We're talking about women and abortion, here, and I really can't think of any other issue of equivalent merit, but I don't base my thinking on the woman's gender, but on her humanity.

                  Loren

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