Pro-life pensioners confronted by violent protester outside Manchester abortion clinic

Three elderly pro-lifers were confronted by a violent protester outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Manchester.

The pensioners, who are part of the group 40 Days for Life, were outside the clinic offering help to women considering an abortion.

The angry passerby – described as “a six-foot aggressor” by local news outlet Mancunian Matters – screamed obscenities at them and threw their leaflets and placards over a nearby fence.

‘Confrontational behaviour’

Tom Gill said he had “never seen anything like that” in the 15 years he had been involved in peaceful pro-life campaigning.

And 75-year-old Aileen Power said she was “sad that people would do that when we’re just trying to save lives.”

Manchester council has voted to investigate the possibility of introducing a buffer zone around the clinic.

1,000 lives saved

40 Days for Life campaign outside abortion clinics in the UK twice a year. In the last five years, an estimated 1,000 babies were saved due to the work of its volunteers.

Director of 40 Days for Life Robert Colquhoun said it organises ‘peaceful and legal’ vigils outside of UK abortion centres.

“In nine years of ministry we have not seen a single substantiated case of harassment or intimidation by any of our volunteers in that time.”

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