A GROUP of mothers who were offered help by pro-life vigils have welcomed the Home Secretary decision to reject pressure to introduce nationwide ‘buffer zones’ around abortion clinics.

Ealing Council this year introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that criminalised individuals praying or offering support to women outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Mattock Lane.

The order is subject to a court challenge and a crowdfunding appeal has already raised more than £42,000.

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The Home Secretary said there were a range of existing powers available to councils and the police to deal with harassment or intimidation of anyone entering an abortion clinic.

He said taking action on a national level would not be proportionate.  

Campaigner Alina Dulgheriu said: “When I met the group outside the abortion clinic in Ealing, it was the first time I felt I had a choice. I am forever grateful to these mothers who selflessly give up their time to offer help to women like me.

“If it weren’t for the real practical and emotional support that I was given by them, my daughter would not be here today. ‘Buffer zones’ would only limit the choices available to mothers in my position.”