Cllr Aine Groogan in safe access to healthcare motion

Meitheamh 01, 2021 1 min read

Cllr Aine Groogan in safe access to healthcare motion

Tuesday 01 June 2021
 
Green Party Councillor Aine Groogan will call on Belfast Councillors to support safe access to healthcare clinics through a motion this evening (Tuesday 01 June).
 
Cllr Groogan has brought the motion as a response to an escalation in harassment and intimidation at healthcare clinics with support from Ulster Unionist Councillor Sonia Copeland.  
 
Councillor Aine Groogan said: “This motion serves as measure of support and solidarity with women who have been harassed and intimidated around clinics.
 
“It also serves as a rejection of the abhorrent tactics of people co-ordinating the bullying and intimidation. Theirs is a concerted campaign, including at premises in Belfast.
 
“The harassment and intimidation also inflicts significant and lasting trauma on people on the receiving end.
 
“I’ve asked Council to support a proposal from Clare Bailey MLA to create safe zones are healthcare clinics. The safe zone proposal has been developed through a Private Members Bill (PMB) from Clare Bailey MLA.
 
“Every citizen should expect privacy and respect as they visit healthcare providers. This PMB is about ensuring safeguarding and compassion. I hope and expect Belfast City Councillors will support it this evening.”
 
ENDS

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