A Pregnant Woman Calls Out Anti-Abortion Protesters Outside A Clinic In London
"It's so wrong to make other women feel guilty. So wrong." Update: The anti-abortion protesters told BuzzFeed News they were informing and empowering women.
A pregnant woman caught on camera criticising anti-abortion protesters outside a London clinic is being praised by abortion rights advocates in the UK.
In the video, the woman – who has yet to be identified but is heard saying she works at Kids Company UK – begins speaking out against the protesters at 1:13 minutes in.
"It's wrong what you're doing... You're out here judging and filming," she yells at one protester. "Many people have been abused, you don't know what their reasons are for.
"It's so wrong to make other women feel guilty. So wrong."
The moment was caught on camera by journalist Sunny Hundal, who was outside the clinic to face anti-abortion activists.
Hundal filmed the woman blasting the protesters outside the clinic, which is run by the British Pregnancy Advice Service and hosted by Blackfriars Medical Practice, a GP surgery in Southwark.
The protest was organised by UK-based anti-abortion group Abort67, whose Facebook page hosts photos of members holding graphic images of foetuses and blocking entrances to abortion clinics.
The group – who say they aim to make abortion "unthinkable" – spotted that Hundal filmed the protest yesterday.
BuzzFeed News has contacted both Kids Company UK and Abort67 for comment.
Many people online have claimed to have donated to Kids Company UK, a charity which supports vulnerable children, after watching the video.
Abort67 has given BuzzFeed News the following statement about the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS), which runs the clinic it was protesting against:
"We are outside abortion clinics, not to protest, but to expose abortion. Every time we hold up an abortion victim photograph, abortion protests itself.
"Our banners make it absolutely plain that abortion is an act of violence that kills a defenceless human person. Exposing the truth of what BPAS will do to these women's children can't be wrong. What is wrong is for BPAS to systematically deceive women. Our work informs and empowers women whereas the suggestion that women are unable to handle the facts infantilises them.
"Time and again we have met women who weren't told the truth about abortion and now regret their decision.
"We are concerned about the plight of the women who will elect abortion if the abortion pictures are concealed but reject abortion if the abortion pictures are displayed. For these women, there can be no true informed consent without abortion pictures."
The group added:
"The YouTube video by Sunny Hundal which reveals the gentle nature by which we hold our displays serves to emphasise that abortion is indefensible. Pro-aborts like Sunny can’t defend killing small human beings so he tries (in vain) to shame our volunteers for trying to defend the unborn child. In the same way that William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson were subject to false allegations and attacks by Slave Trade supporters, abortion supporters mischaracterise us and our conduct.
"Suggesting that we are harassing and intimidating women when there is no actual harassment or intimidation occurring is misogynistic. It suggests that women are inherently too weak to be fully informed about abortion. If harassment were occurring, the police who keenly observe us at our invitation, would arrest us.
"Sunny seems to miss the irony of filming us outside the clinic whilst he vilifies us for filming ourselves outside a clinic."
Sunny Hundal has told BuzzFeed News that he went to the clinic to draw attention to Abort67 and how women are being intimidated by such groups.
"In the UK we assume abortion rights are safe," he said. "But the aim of groups like Abort67 and some MPs is to change the debate so they can chip away at these rights."
He said the reaction to the video has been overwhelmingly positive and very appreciative of the pregnant woman. He added: "I was just in awe of her, and was pleased others felt the same way."
Hundal told BuzzFeed News that he believes Abort67 members have a right to their views and to protest, but "they shouldn't be intimidating women as they are now. This is why we need exclusion zones, like BPAS are calling for."