Council to seek legal advice on ‘safe zones’ around abortion facilities

Emma Coffey
Emma Coffey

Louth City Council is to seek legal advice on a proposed bye-law to prevent anti-abortion campaigners from targeting healthcare facilities offering abortion services.

Councillors approved a motion by Cllr Emma Coffey, principal at Emma Coffey Solicitors, which proposed restrictions on certain behaviour within 500 metres of a healthcare facility.

The “prohibited behaviour” would include demonstrations, leafleting and recording, as well as harassment and threats.

The chief executive of Louth City Council will now seek a legal opinion on the measures, which will also be referred to the joint policing committee and a strategic policy committee.

Pro-choice group Lawyers for Choice welcomed the motion, which it said was “the first of its kind in Ireland”.

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