A sleepy sidestreet near the centre of Maidstone may seem an unlikely frontline in the conflict that has bubbled away, usually with relative calm, since Britain legalised abortion in 1967.
But on a recent weekday afternoon in Kent’s county town, a group of a dozen anti-abortion protesters, led by a veteran of the movement in the US, began their latest “prayer vigil” directly across the road from a Marie Stopes clinic.
But this is a much less fundamentalist country than the US, and abortion doesn’t have the same history. Still, I was rather surprised* by the next thing I read:
Over the course of two hours, members of the group intercepted young women approaching the clinic from either end of the street to hand them literature and engage in conversation, while the protesters themselves became the target of shouts of “disgusting” and “shame” from angry passersby.
Hopefully this is indicative of the reception this tactic will have here.
For more, go here. Thanks, Mr Jender!
*Not surprised by the sentiment. Surprised by the British people shouting it out on the street.