Local councils are increasingly trying to silence pro-life groups

A pro-life charity has condemned a London council for its “authoritarian and discriminatory” decision to remove a pro-life stall from a fete.

Life, an organisation that helps women in crisis pregnancies, was allowed to set up a stall at the Lambeth Country Show last month.

However, when its volunteers arrived for the second day of the show, they discovered the stand had been taken down. Officials told them Lambeth borough council had decided to remove it because it was “against the values of Lambeth council” and “not in line with the causes the council has been funding and supporting”.

There followed a series of claims and counter-claims over whether Life had really been authorised to put up the stall (they provided evidence to show they had been), and whether they had been honest in their application. Life say they did nothing misleading.

Lambeth council also claimed people had complained about the stall, especially the life-sized dolls of unborn children. “It’s a community festival – that includes women who have had to make really hard family planning decisions who don’t want plastic foetuses in their faces,” Councillor Ed Davie initially explained on Twitter.

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