Abortion clinics, Public Space Protection Orders and the ECHR: Tossici-Bolt

In Tossici-Bolt & Anor v Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council [2023] EWHC 3229 (Admin), the claimants, Ms Tossici-Bolt and Christian Concern, challenged the validity of a Public Space Protection Order (‘PSPO’) made by the Council in October 2022 under s 59 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The PSPO designates an area around a clinic providing abortion services as a “safe zone” within which it is prohibited to engage in protests related to abortion services and other specified activities. The clinic is operated by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and funded by the NHS. Continue reading