British Medical Association backs Safe Abortion Bill

The British Medical Association (BMA) has backed a bill that will see buffer zones placed around abortion clinics preventing protests from taking place nearby.

An emergency motion tabled at the union’s annual representatives meeting said the body, which represents healthcare professionals, recognized that overturning Roe v Wade in the United States would cause “immeasurable harm”.

The BMA will also continue to condemn the reversal of the constitutional right to access an abortion and campaign for all UK governments to condemn this decision.

The motion also calls on the union to support medical professionals who provide care to women who have abortions and to disregard criminal convictions related to providing care when applying for registration with professional colleges.

BMA members will also be supporting Scotland’s Secure Access Bill.

Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay, who will present the Bill to the Scottish Parliament, said she was “grateful” for the support.

Ms Mackay added: “My bill will bring peace of mind to healthcare professionals and service users, ensuring they can access healthcare without intimidation.

“No one should be harassed in their work. Yet healthcare staff in Scotland, and those they care for, have been subjected to an unacceptable campaign of harassment and intimidation outside clinics.

“Many were filmed going in and out of their workplaces and abused simply for doing their job.

“I will continue to work with the BMA and other expert organizations to move this legislation forward as quickly as possible.”

Andrew B. Reiter