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In leafy Ealing, a revolution on reproductive rights gets underway

The council’s decision to create a “buffer zone” around a Marie Stopes clinic is historic

By Dawn Starin  

The Marie Stopes Parkview clinic in Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, after Ealing Council's decision to impose a ban on protests outside the clinic. Photo date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS

Mattock Lane in Ealing, West London is a leafy, quiet, mostly-residential street with solid, detached Victorian and Edwardian houses. Dog walkers, mothers with strollers, kids with heavily laden backpacks, designer-clad joggers and groups of teenagers glued to their iphones, head into Walpole Park, a 28 acre haven of wildlife, ornamental ponds and historic buildings. Flocks of squawking rose-necked parakeets fly overhead. English ivies, lavender and hebes are planted in neat bunches in generous sized gardens. Everything seems very properly suburban and ordinary. In fact, Ealing is…

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