Cole-Hamilton calls for buffer zones legislation at abortion summit

On Monday Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton will attend the First Minister’s summit on abortion rights and demand urgent legislation to deliver buffer zones.  

Mr Cole-Hamilton, who has called for new protections against intimidation since 2018, will attend the summit alongside campaign groups including Back Off Scotland, BPAS and Rape Crisis Scotland and MSPs including Monica Lennon and Gillian Mackay.  

The summit comes after the Scottish Government repeatedly failed to commit to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics in Scotland.    

Over a month ago, campaign groups wrote to the First Minister, warning that a “lack of political action” would make abortion clinics feel, “that they do not have the support to provide the care women need.”    

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:  

"On Friday, the unthinkable was announced: millions of women will lose the right to an abortion in the US. We must take action now. 

"For almost four years I have joined campaign groups in pressing the Scottish Government to stop dragging their feet and ensure that women feel safe while seeking abortion treatment.    

"This long overdue summit is a vital chance to introduce robust action that can give women the protection they need more than ever.  

"Now that the opportunity has finally arrived, I am categorical about what must be achieved at this summit. The Government should commit to delivering buffer zones in government time and at pace so that women can access treatment without fear of intimidation or harassment.”  

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