The Northern Ireland Green Party Leader, Claire Bailey MLA, has brought a Private Members Bill before the Assembly which seeks to implement what are referred to as safe access zones’, also known as buffer or exclusion zones, outside premises that deliver services related to the provision of abortion. In considering this bill, our concern is that public safety is maintained along with the freedom to advocate for women and their unborn children by protesting peacefully and offering alternatives to abortion.

Below you’ll find attached a briefing paper, highlighting key facts and concerns. We’ve also attached our submission to the health committee on this topic which we submitted in November 2021.