I’ve received this message from Hannah, local activist:
’40 Days For Life’, an anti-abortion religious group, is currently holding prayer vigils across the UK outside abortion centres – including the BPAS clinic on St Mary Street in Cardiff – for the duration of Lent, i.e. until 23rd March. I’ve spoken with the manager of the clinic and she’s had women going in there crying having been harassed by these people upon entering the clinic, and has had to call the police on more than one occasion.
A group of pro-choice activists is planning a series of activities, listed below.
TODAY (Weds 20th February)
40 Days For Life Founder in Cardiff
Today, 40 Days For Life founder David Bereit will be attending the Cardiff vigil. Activists are encouraging pro-choicers to get down there (just by Howells on St Mary St) between 4pm and 8pm (after the clinic closes; we don’t want to protest during opening hours, to avoid further intimidating the women using BPAS services).
EVERY SATURDAY BETWEEN NOW AND 23RD MARCH
There will be banners, flyers, music, and a collection for the clinic, outside the clinic – near Howells on St Mary St, Cardiff. Please come down and join in!
SEND YOUR LOCAL CLINIC A SOLIDARITY CARD!
This is a pretty difficult time for staff working at the clinic; activists are encouraging pro-choice supporters to send the clinic staff cards to show that they have plenty of support from the general public and organisations (chocolates, cake, flowers etc probably wouldn’t go amiss either!).
The Cardiff address to send cards etc to is:
106-7 St Mary Street
If you don’t live in Cardiff but there is a 40 Days For Life protest outside a BPAS clinic near you, you can find out your local clinic’s address here: https://www.bpas.org/bpaslocations.php
DONATE TO BPAS
Activists have set up a donation page online, where you can donate for each day that the vigils continue – meaning that effectively, 40 Days For Life are facilitating the raising of funds for the clinics that they target. You can donate securely (and anonymously if you wish) online here.
You can find out more about 40 Days For Life here: http://www.40daysforlife.com/
There is a Facebook page for the pro-choice Cardiff group here: