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Scottish Government to research impact of abortion clinic protests 

This article was originally submitted on the 14th March The Scottish Government will commission research on the impact of abortion clinic protests, focusing on  the frequency, scale and impact on patients.  This comes after the Government stated in November 2021 that they did not consider it appropriate to  introduce nationwide ‘buffer zone’ legislation, which would […]

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How can Universities endorse both gender equality and Pro-Life societies?

CW: Sexual Assault, Abortion, Violence I was shocked to read that only six Russell Group Universities do not have a pro-life society. It struck me as a hypocritical move that leading universities across the UK claim to be committed to ensuring gender equality in higher education, and yet are endorsing societies which actively challenge the […]

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Women’s Health Minister refuses to implement abortion clinic buffer zones

On the 14th of September, Back Off Scotland campaigners met with the Scottish Government Women’s Health Minister, Maree Todd MSP, to discuss introducing 150 metre ‘buffer zones’ around abortion clinics across Scotland. The organisation is a student-led group with a national petition to aid in reproductive rights. The idea behind the buffer zones is to […]

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Getting emergency contraception/abortion in Edinburgh

Living in a new city, it is important to make yourself aware of the services around you that you will need. Emergency contraception and abortion services may be vital in your time at Edinburgh. Naturally, condoms burst, pills are missed, and we just have unprotected sex and regret it later. That’s why we have alternative […]

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Anti-choice protestors: an abhorrent societal plague

This week, Back Off Scotland, a group campaigning for the implementation of 150-metre buffer zones around clinics providing abortion services, launched their first nation-wide petition. It comes as 40 Days For Life, a Texas-founded pro-life (or more fittingly, anti-choice) group, begins their first set of 40-day protests this year for Lent. For those of us […]

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Campaign for abortion clinic buffer zones goes nationwide

Back Off Scotland, a campaign started to implement a 150-meter buffer-zone around clinics providing abortion services, has this week launched their first nation-wide petition. The petition has now gained over 2,200 signatures and aims to gather a total of 10,000 throughout Scotland, in order to put pressure on the Scottish government to enact legislation. After […]

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“Back off Chalmers” campaign in Edinburgh gains momentum

A group of University of Edinburgh students have started a campaign to establish 100 metre buffer zones around sexual health clinics that offer abortion services in Edinburgh, in a bid to protect those accessing the services from anti-abortion protestors.  The “Back Off Chalmers” campaign’s petition has already received over 5,000 signatures since it was first […]

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Edinburgh students should back the “Back off Chalmers” group

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Chalmers Sexual Health unit has seen monthly appearances of anti-abortion protests on their doorstep. In the wake of this, a group of University of Edinburgh students have set up the campaign group “Back Off Chalmers” to counter their protests. The campaign is working towards persuading Edinburgh Council to enforce a 100-metre buffer […]