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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-08945
Asked by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 14 June 2022


To ask the Scottish Government for what reasons it is delaying the introduction of legislation on buffer zones outside abortion clinics.

Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 21 June 2022


The Scottish Government is not delaying the introduction of legislation on buffer zones. We have agreed to work constructively with Ms Gillian Mackay MSP on her forthcoming Member’s Bill.

The First Minister is wholeheartedly committed to addressing the issue of protests and vigils that take place outside of abortion clinics, and will therefore be chairing a summit on abortion on 27 June. The summit will primarily focus on buffer zones, but will also look at what measures can be implemented in the short term to ensure women can access abortion without fear of intimidation or harassment.