Following the Dr. Tiller documentary, I was curious to know if other countries that have legalized abortion face the same kinds of protests and threats featured in the film. Luckily, I didn’t find too much of the same type extremism that we have here the U.S. However, I did find that U.S. anti-choice organizations are trying to broaden their impact to places beyond our borders.
The organization 40 Days for Life, which was written about on this site in September not only targeted over 200 clinics in the U.S., but they extended their reach to 14 foreign locations. The Independent in the UK featured an article about their activity entitled US-style anti-abortion protesters target clinics in Britain.
Abortion is legal in Mainland UK (England, Scotland and Wales) up to 24 weeks and no limit if there are health risks and/or abnormalities. In addition, abortion procedures are covered by the National Health Service (NHS) so they are almost always free.