Scots approve abortion buffer zones

Nicola Laver  |  UK & Ireland
Date posted:  1 Jul 2024
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Scots approve abortion buffer zones

Scottish Parliament

Parliamentarians in Scotland have overwhelmingly approved the implementation of abortion ‘buffer zones’ – with just one vote against. The new legislation will criminalise any act ‘capable of being seen or heard by another person’ – which could include both audible and silent prayer.

John Mason MSP,  (see his comment on being a Christian in politics) was the only MP to vote against the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill.

Kate Forbes, an evangelical Christian who previously stood for SNP leader, voted in favour of the legislation which will ban protests or vigils within 200 metres of 30 abortion facilities. The extent of a buffer zone can be extended or reduced if necessary. 

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