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Should Protesting in Front of Abortion Clinics Be Prohibited?
Protesting in front of abortion clinics should be prohibited.
Protests around abortion clinics impede the ability of women to access their right to an abortion; as such, even when abortion is legal, many women could be deprived of their rights when they are threatened and coerced into not terminating their pregnancy by protests.
There are significant harms that result from women feeling like they are unable to get an abortion. This includes personal harm to the mother who has to carry and raise an unwanted child, as well as to the child who will be less likely to have a safe and happy home environment.
The government has a role in protecting the most vulnerable members of society, and should actively reduce the stigma surrounding abortion by implementing protest free zones.
Protest free zones will reduce vitriol and improve the quality of the discourse around abortion, benefiting all sides of the debate.
Protests at abortion clinics draw attention to the abortion debate and improve the quality of discourse.
Introducing mandatory protest free zones will increase political opposition to abortion, and limit the capacity of women to access abortion in the long term. If the premise of the affirmative case is that abortion is a right, this policy thus fails to secure that right.
Introducing protest-free zones will lead to more radical and violent forms of protest.
Banning people from protesting at abortion clinics represents a violation of their right to free speech.
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