19th February 2019 | Health, Press Releases

Put exclusion zones around GP surgeries and family planning clinics: Greens


The Green Party An Comhaontas Glas note with concern the activities of the group ‘Sidewalk Advocates for Life,’ and calls on Minister of Health Simon Harris to expedite legislation to introduce exclusion zones for GP surgeries and family planning clinics.

Spokesperson for Health Dr Séamus McMenamin said:

“We have seen disturbing anti-abortion graffiti on a GP surgery in Longford and now we learn of plans for women to be approached in car parks. Most women who attend their GP will be attending for other reasons but it appears all women of childbearing age will be targeted.”

Dr McMenamin added:

“This is unacceptable, regardless of peoples personal views and should not be allowed. This is a contentious issue and during the repeal the 8th campaign we saw how heated the campaign was at times. I believe the potential for harassment and the impact on women’s mental health, at a potentially vulnerable, time is high and we need to prevent these activists from carrying out their plans. “