Australia – Abortion clinic protests should be allowed even if women’s dignity hurt: lawyer

Abortion clinic protests should be allowed even if women's dignity hurt: lawyer
Anti-abortion campaigners tell the high court that safe zones breach their political freedom

Paul Karp
Tue 9 Oct 2018

Anti-abortion campaigners should be allowed to protest outside clinics, even if it harms the dignity of women entering the clinics or hurts their feelings, lawyers for anti-abortion protesters argued today.

On Tuesday the high court held a hearing into anti-abortion campaigners’ constitutional challenge against Tasmanian and Victorian laws prohibiting protests in “safe zones” outside abortion clinics.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/09/abortion-clinic-protests-should-be-allowed-even-if-womens-dignity-hurt-lawyer

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UK – The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones

The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones
Protests outside abortion clinics are a form of harassment which undermine the free choices of women

By Sophie Kilminster
September 22, 2018

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected calls for buffer zones outside abortion clinics by saying that protest-free areas around clinics “would not be a proportionate response” to the harassment from protestors. Now perhaps it’s the English student in me, but the suggestion of a “proportionate response” seems to imply that the Home Secretary feels we should wait for a ‘proportionate’ number of women to be harassed before any action is taken to stop this harassment.

Abortion is a contentious issue, but I believe wrongly so; abortion should be personal and the business of only the woman who needs it, like any medical procedure. Protestors have attempted to undermine women’s choices through tactics such as physically blocking the patient’s path, assault and displaying distressing images.

Continued: http://cherwell.org/2018/09/22/the-government-is-wrong-to-dismiss-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones/

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UK – Women tell us why abortion clinics need buffer zones

Women tell us why abortion clinics need buffer zones

Rebecca Reid
Friday 14 Sep 2018

The first time I went to an abortion clinic, I was in my teens accompanying a friend having a termination.

We talked a lot about what was going to happen. We questioned what you were supposed to wear to go and get abortion pills. We looked up the route from the tube station to the clinic on Google maps.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/14/women-tell-us-why-abortion-clinics-need-buffer-zones-7943627/

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Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick is the owner and medical director of Camelback Family Planning,

An Open Letter to Doctors – Safe Abortion Is In Your Hands Now, Are You Ready to Step Up?

drgoodrick
Posted on July 30, 2018

Roe v. Wade is in immediate jeopardy and we are now staring into the face of a country without legal abortion, and regardless of where you stand on the issue it is imperative that you understand that it is you who are now in professional jeopardy. As an abortion provider from Arizona, a state with some of the most conservative abortion laws in the nation, let me tell you what you can expect if abortion becomes illegal either in your state, or across the nation as a whole.

Expect every medical decision to be questioned. Do you have a patient who needs a D&C to finalize a missed miscarriage? Misoprostol to expel the remains of an embryo? It is not unreasonable to expect that your files will be subject to scrutiny if all abortion is banned.

Continued: https://drgabriellegoodrick.com/2018/07/30/an-open-letter-to-doctors-safe-abortion-is-in-your-hands-now-are-you-ready-to-step-up/

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Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

Jonathan Forani, CTVNews.ca Writer
Friday, July 27, 2018

Warning: Video contains images and language that some readers may find offensive

When a group of anti-abortion protesters brandishing graphic posters gathered outside Jennifer Bundock’s vegan pizza shop, she knew what she had to do.

In an expletive-laden video that has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook, Bundock films her angry encounter with those holding the signs, eventually forcing them to leave the block.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-pizza-shop-owner-confronts-anti-abortion-protesters-1.4031254

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USA – Federal Judge Sides With New York Anti-Choice Protesters, Dismissing Clinic Workers’ Testimony as ‘Unreliable’

Federal Judge Sides With New York Anti-Choice Protesters, Dismissing Clinic Workers’ Testimony as ‘Unreliable’
Federal Judge Carol Bagley Amon "diminished, she negated, she threw under the bus every lived experience of the staff, myself, and the escorts," said clinic founder Merle Hoffman.

Jul 25, 2018
Auditi Guha

A federal district court judge last week denied a preliminary injunction to prevent anti-choice protesters from demonstrating outside a clinic in Queens, New York, saying they did not “harass, annoy, or alarm” people during Saturday protests that have become routine since 2012.

Protesters outside the Choices Women’s Medical Center have for years blocked the sidewalk with large posters of dismembered fetuses, preaching loudly, forcibly handing out fliers, and issuing veiled death threats, according to testimony in the anti-harassment federal lawsuit brought by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/25/federal-judge-sides-with-new-york-anti-choice-protesters-dismissing-clinic-workers-testimony-as-unreliable/

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USA – Fed. Judge Finds Abortion Protesters in Queens Did Not Violate Clinic-Access Laws

Fed. Judge Finds Abortion Protesters in Queens Did Not Violate Clinic-Access Laws
A federal judge found that a group of anti-abortion protesters who keep a regular presence outside the front door of a clinic in Queens did not run afoul of federal and state statutes intended to protect access to clinics.

By Andrew Denney
July 23, 2018

A federal judge found that a group of anti-abortion protesters who keep a regular presence outside the front door of a clinic in Queens did not run afoul of federal and state statutes intended to protect access to clinics.

The case pertains to clashes that have raged every Saturday for the last six years between anti-abortion protesters who are a regular presence outside Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens, and escorts who walk with patients to the entrance and shield them from the protesters.

Continued: https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/07/23/fed-judge-finds-abortion-protesters-in-queens-did-not-violate-clinic-access-laws/?slreturn=20180625174235

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Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queenslan

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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NSW abortion law ‘could be thrown out’

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’

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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