LONDON — Since the first day of Lent, protestors have gathered across the street from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on Bedford Square, praying and chanting in the name of halting abortions, or as it was put to me, “opening souls to the preciousness of human life.”
The group, 40 Days for Life, has also approached women seeking consultation with BPAS, thrusting upon them literature that claims abortion is linked to breast cancer (it isn’t) or that having a termination leads to alcoholism, drug use, and eating disorders (it doesn’t). Some women who have used the Bedford Square clinic during Lent, according to BPAS policy manager Abigail Fitzgibbon, have said that the protesters made them feel humiliated, embarrassed, harassed, and even violated.
Two weeks prior to my visit, one activist had been caught filming anyone entering the building. Robert Colquhoun, spokesman for 40 Days for Life London, stressed to me that the cameraman was not affiliated with the incantators on Bedford Square. But the group did little or nothing to dissuade his actions. Colquhoun dismissed The Guardian’s reporting, alleging vested interests and links between abortion providers and the newspaper.
Such vigils and protests are relatively new here, but they’ll look familiar to anyone who has seen the American pro-life movement in action. We are witnessing the Americanization of the movement against abortion in the United Kingdom.
Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/the-americanization-of-the-uk-anti-abortion-movement/255409/