On Tuesday 25 September 40 Days for Life will start an all-night vigil outside the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in Bedford Square and also outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Whitfield Street to mark the start of the campaign which will run until 4 November. Both demonstrations will be met by a counter demonstration by pro-choice activists.
The Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance is leading a counter demonstration outside both the Bedford Square and Whitfield Street clinic. The events are likely to attract hundreds of protesters and the attention of the media.
Another pro-life group, The Good Counsel Network, has also been holding a small demonstration most days outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Whitfield Street. Over the last six months their presence has been more regular with three or four people outside the clinic on most days of the week during the daytime. The Catholic Herald reports that Marie Stopes International has warned that it would take legal action against the demonstration outside the clinic in Whitfield Street.
Most people that Fitzrovia News spoke to agree with the right of the pro-life groups to protest but strongly disagree with the tactic of standing outside the abortion clinics. The campaign group Abortion Rights have launched an initiative to raise awareness of abortion access and the growth of protests outside clinics by anti-choice groups.