I should think being aggressively prayed at is awful enough.
This week, Ealing council voted for a “buffer zone” around the clinic so protesters are forced away and the women going in for this medical procedure are protected.
We heard someone shout suddenly, 'You are awful, AWFUL people! From the look of astonished horror my son was giving me and the sensation in my throat, I realised the shouting had come from me Tucked away in a quiet corner of my native Ealing, dubbed “queen of the suburbs” on account of all the trees and general awesomeness (such as Ealing Studios and the country’s first Nandos) is a Marie Stopes abortion clinic.
It’s just near the entrance of Walpole Park where, aged 15, I was stood up by a boy and wept poetically by the pond before wandering sadly home after waiting a mere two and a half hours for him.
We heard someone shout suddenly, “You are awful, AWFUL people! From the look of astonished horror my son was giving me and the sensation in my throat, I realised the shouting had come from me. Shouting at these people only strengthens their resolve that they are fighting for what they believe is right. I had to then, with anger still rushing through me, figure out how best to explain why his mum suddenly screeched at strangers standing in the street.
It is hard not to shout, however, at people harassing women who are already having a pretty rubbish day. A heavier topic than is ideal on a pleasant mother-and-son outing.
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At 38, this was perhaps my last chance to have a child, the second which I’d longed for as fiercely as I had my first, but the circumstances I was in made it impossible.
Despite my atheism and views about when “life” begins, I felt wretched.
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I sometimes wonder if giving her a key was a good idea.) I first went to the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing to support a friend. She had not told her parents about the pregnancy, so my dad did the drop-off and pick-up and helped me look after her.