Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queenslan

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Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queensland
Pro-choice groups send volunteers to escort women as state prepares to decriminalise

Ben Smee
Mon 18 Jun 2018

An evangelical group has ramped up demonstrations outside several Brisbane abortion clinics as Queensland prepares to reform its 1899 laws that make abortion a criminal offence.

Guardian Australia is aware of several recent verbal clashes between members of the anti-abortion group “Project 139” and clinic patients. The group has sought and received permits to conduct protests at four Brisbane clinics until at least August.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/19/evangelical-christians-step-up-abortion-clinic-protests-in-queensland

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New Zealand – Big Read: Abortion law reform – what’s at stake?

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Big Read: Abortion law reform - what's at stake?
17 Jun, 2018
20 minutes to read
By: Dawn Picken

Abortion is in the spotlight again, after voters in Ireland voted overwhelmingly late last month to overturn the largely Catholic country's ban by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent. The Emerald Isle's referendum comes as a law commission in New Zealand considers removing abortion from the Crimes Act. Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reporter Dawn Picken spoke with advocates, activists and women who've had or considered abortions about what decriminalising the procedure means to them.

*note: names of women who've had abortions have been changed to protect privacy.
Heartbreaking Pregnancy

Tania and Scott were thrilled when they learned they were pregnant with their second child. Everything was going well when the couple went for their 20-week ultrasound to learn the baby's sex. It was a boy, says Tania.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12070558

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Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia?

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Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia?

June 14, 2018
Tania Penovic

New South Wales recently became the fifth Australian jurisdiction to enact legislation that establishes safe-access zones around abortion clinics.

The legislation is a response to picketing of clinics by anti-abortion protesters for more than two decades. These protesters characterise themselves as “sidewalk counsellors” but their conduct has included verbal abuse, threats, impeding entry to clinics, displaying violent imagery and acts of “disturbing theatre” such as pushing a blood-splattered doll in a pram.

Safe-access zones are sometimes called bubble zones because they create a bubble around an abortion clinic in which certain conduct is prohibited. NSW will now impose safe-access zones of 150 metres around clinics that provide abortions.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-and-where-do-they-exist-in-australia-98175

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NSW abortion law ‘could be thrown out’

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NSW abortion law 'could be thrown out'

June 13 2018
Jamie McKinnell

A NSW law providing "safe zones" around the state's abortion clinics could be thrown out by the courts and needs redrafting, warns a state government minister who opposed it.

Pru Goward, the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence - and a former minister for women and former sex discrimination commissioner - has faced calls for her sacking since she voted against the bill last week.

Continued: https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5466086/nsw-abortion-law-could-be-thrown-out/?cs=7

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NSW- Berejiklian defends ministers who voted against abortion ‘safe zones’

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Berejiklian defends ministers who voted against abortion 'safe zones'
The NSW premier is defending two of her ministers who voted against legislation that provides "safe zones" around the state's abortion clinics.

June 12, 2018

The NSW premier is resisting calls to sack two of her ministers - who are responsible for women and the prevention of domestic violence - after they voted against laws to protect women seeking abortions.

Tanya Davies and Pru Goward last week voted against a bill to provide 150 metre "safe zones" outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment after government MPs were allowed a conscience vote.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/berejiklian-defends-ministers-who-voted-against-abortion-safe-zones

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Tasmanian Labor is putting new Speaker to test on abortions

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Tasmanian Labor is putting new Speaker to test on abortions

June 12, 2018
Sue Bailey

The Tasmanian government could lose its first vote in parliament if speaker Sue Hickey sides with Labor on providing abortions in public hospitals.

Labor leader Rebecca White will on Wednesday move a motion directing Health Minister Michael Ferguson to provide pregnancy terminations in the public hospital system by July 1.

A spokesman for Ms Hickey said she would wait until hearing debate before deciding whether to support Labor’s motion.

Continued: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5463706/labor-tests-speaker-on-abortion/

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Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

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Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

By Felicity Ogilvie
Tue June 12, 2018

An ABC investigation has encountered a culture of secrecy and fear surrounding the provision of surgical abortions in Tasmania.

While debate around providing surgical abortions in public hospitals unfolds in State Parliament, the medical community is doing what it can to make those services available now.

The closure of Tasmania's only abortion clinic in Hobart at the end of last year left women with limited options for getting surgical abortions.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/abortion-figures-revealed-at-royal-hobart-hospital/9862034

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Australia – Lucky we Victorian women already had this sorted … right?

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Lucky we Victorian women already had this sorted ... right?

By Miki Perkins
10 June 2018

What a fierce lot these Irish women are. It was stirring to see them stride through airports, suitcases in tow, flocking home to vote.

And what a relief to see their country shrug off the weight of history and vote decisively for women’s reproductive rights.

Whew, lucky we Victorian women already had this sorted, right?

Continued: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/lucky-we-victorian-women-already-had-this-sorted-right-20180608-p4zkbi.html

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Abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ become law in NSW

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Abortion clinic 'safe access zones' become law in NSW

By Lisa Visentin
8 June 2018

Protesters will face jail time for harassing people outside abortion facilities after NSW Parliament passed laws to impose 150-metre "safe access zones" around clinics and hospitals that provide terminations.

The laws, which are aimed at ensuring the privacy and safety of women accessing clinics, passed easily and without amendment through the Legislative Assembly, with a final vote of 61 to 18 in favour.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-become-law-in-nsw-20180607-p4zk18.html

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Australia – Abortion advocates urge NSW to ‘take next step’ after new safe access laws

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Abortion advocates urge NSW to 'take next step' after new safe access laws
Reproductive rights activists have praised the passing of the new ‘safe access abortion zone’ laws in New South Wales, but say they would like to see abortion completely decriminalised.

June 8, 2018
By Evan Young

After a mammoth sitting which saw testimony from over 40 MPs, the New South Wales parliament passed the controversial amendment of the Public Health Act early Friday morning, 61 votes to 18.

The new law, supported by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, makes it illegal to communicate, film or intimidate a woman inside of a 150-metre radius of an abortion clinic.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/abortion-advocates-urge-nsw-to-take-next-step-after-new-safe-access-laws

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