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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Australia: New laws needed to protect abortion clinic workers

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New laws needed to protect abortion clinic workers

Michelle Thompson
February 12 2018

Imagine going to work and being told by strangers you are going to hell. You have to push past people who tell you what you do is wrong, that you should be ashamed and that you’re doing the devil’s work. Your vehicle is regularly splashed by "holy water" that mysteriously blisters the paint on your car, and you have graphic images shoved in your face as you enter your workplace.

This is the reality for many Australian healthcare workers each day who provide abortion care to thousands of patients.

Continued: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/laws-to-protect-abortion-clinic-workers-20180212-p4z00u.html

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women
Phoebe Braithwaite
19 December 2017

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

Anti-abortion activists gathered outside the UK Houses of Parliament on 27 October to protest 50 years since the passing into law of the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. Nina Naidu* was working nearby, and went to take a closer look.

Like many women in the UK, she had previous, personal experience with both abortion and virulent anti-choice demonstrators. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old decided to terminate a pregnancy, and was accosted by protestors on the way to her appointment.

Continued at source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/phoebe-braithwaite/uk-anti-abortion-american-tactics-shock-shame

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UK: MPs call for buffer zones around abortion clinics after women are told they will ‘die of cancer’ by protesters

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MPs call for buffer zones around abortion clinics after women are told they will 'die of cancer' by protesters

Verity Ryan
12 December 2017

Buffer zones must be introduced around abortion clinics, MPs have said, after hearing evidence of sinister intimidation of staff and women by pro-life protestors.

Staff have been followed to their cars and called "murderers" while women having abortions have been told they will "die of cancer", a parliamentary committee was told.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/12/mps-call-buffer-zones-around-abortion-clinics-women-told-will/

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UK: Anti-abortion protesters ‘target MP offices with graphic images’

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Anti-abortion protesters 'target MP offices with graphic images'

8 November 2017

MPs who support pro-choice say anti-abortion protesters have draped graphic images of dismembered foetuses outside their offices.

Labour MP Paula Sherriff described the behaviour of some anti-abortion groups as "reprehensible".

MPs told of the abuse during a parliamentary debate on protests around family planning clinics on Tuesday.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-41911974

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Australia: ‘Pretty tense’: What it’s like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

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'Pretty tense': What it's like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

June 6 2017
Amelia Paxman

When Bridget Dominic booked an appointment at a Sydney clinic in November 2015, she didn't expect to have to contend with a cluster of anti-abortion protesters standing outside.

Bridget wasn't having an abortion – she was getting an IUD inserted at the clinic, which specialises in terminations but offers a range of other gynaecological services.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/pretty-tense-what-its-like-to-run-the-gauntlet-of-antiabortion-protesters-20170605-gwkqbr.html

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Canada: Yasir Naqvi to propose safe zones around Ontario abortion clinics

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Yasir Naqvi to propose safe zones around Ontario abortion clinics
Similar laws already in place in B.C., N.L., Quebec

CBC News Posted: May 29, 2017

Ontario Attorney General and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi plans to propose a bill this fall that would create safe zones around abortion clinics in the province, citing reports of harassment by a small group of protesters outside a clinic in his riding.

Naqvi made the announcement Monday morning alongside Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Catherine McKenney, saying laws like this are more important than ever in an increasingly polarized society.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-province-protect-abortion-clincs-1.4135673

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Canada: Ontario Attorney-General considering options to prevent harassment outside abortion clinics

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Ontario Attorney-General considering options to prevent harassment outside abortion clinics

Michelle Zilio
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney-General is looking at how it can stop harassment outside the province’s abortion clinics after a call from Ottawa’s mayor to consider a law that would ban protesters from demonstrating on the doorsteps of facilities that provide abortion services.

Mayor Jim Watson called on the government to review the possibility of legislation that would protect women from harassment by protesters outside abortion clinics, including one steps from Parliament Hill. Patients and staff at Ottawa’s Morgentaler abortion clinic have reported repeated pestering from anti-abortion protesters carrying graphic placards on the sidewalk outside 65 Bank St.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-attorney-general-considering-options-to-prevent-harassment-outside-abortion-clinics/article35109959/

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UK: Queen’s Medical Centre ban plea over anti-abortion group

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Queen's Medical Centre ban plea over anti-abortion group

March 7, 2017
Legal powers should be used to remove anti-abortion campaigners from the grounds of a hospital in Nottingham, a pro-choice group has said.

Forty Days for Life has been holding a "vigil" at the Queen's Medical Centre, where abortions take place.

Nottingham Pro Choice said their presence near the hospital's treatment centre is "intimidating" to women.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-39190057

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Australia: Qld opposition blocks abortion bills

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Qld opposition blocks abortion bills
February 27, 2017
Stuart Layt
Australian Associated Press

Queensland's Liberal National Party opposition will not support the second of a pair of bills reforming abortion law in the state.

The two bills, introduced by independent MP Rob Pyne, look to reform the criminal code to remove abortion as on offence, however concerns have been raised that if only one is passed it could leave women and their doctors in legal limbo.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls said in a statement every one of his MPs decided not to support the second bill during a party room meeting on Monday.

Continued at source: News.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-opposition-blocks-abortion-bills/news-story/e309d5be61652f0b11bee72d83dcea05

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