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Concern at 'aggressive' anti-abortion vigils


Britain's largest abortion provider has said that women arriving at their clinics have been facing increasing aggressive tactics by anti-abortion campaigners.

The Today programme's Sanchia Berg reports from an anti-abortion protest in central London.

Robert Colquhoun, UK campaign director for 40 Days for Life, told the Today programme's Justin Webb, that they have "a peaceful, prayerful and legal" vigil and they ensure that behaviour is extremely good.

He insisted that allegations of harassment are not true and they are seeking to provide a solution to the "crisis" of abortion.

He admitted some people considered the vigils controversial but they "intend to show love".

But Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said that while she supports people's right to freedom of expression and right to protest, this protest is "really wrong".

"Debate me, debate my policy team but leave the women alone", she continued, adding that these women "are coming because they need medical help."

She said that this "tiny minority" of people protesting to a legal service are "adding enormously to the distress of women who are already in a difficult situation."

"They should think really carefully about whether what they are doing is really Christian," she said.

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