Campaigners await UK decision on abortion clinic buffer zones

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Campaigners await UK decision on abortion clinic buffer zones
Pro-choice activists say they expect announcement from Home Office within weeks

Caroline Davies
Mon 13 Aug 2018

Campaigners calling for buffer zones to prevent harassment and abuse of women accessing abortion centres are expecting a Home Office announcement within weeks.

The Labour MP Rupa Huq, who leads a cross-party campaign calling for national legislation following the model of the UK’s first abortion clinic safe zone in Ealing, west London, said the home secretary had pledged an announcement in September.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/13/abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-campaigners-await-uk-decision

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Australia – Senator’s ‘cruel’ abortion motion defeated

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Senator's 'cruel' abortion motion defeated

Jun 25, 2018

A crossbench senator has been labelled cruel and insensitive over his push to condemn abortion safe zones in NSW.

Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning said NSW had followed the "socialist state" of Victoria by passing laws to provide 150 metre safe zones outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment.

His Senate motion condemning NSW parliament for passing the bill was defeated 34-17, with government senators given a conscience vote.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/25/16/35/senator-s-cruel-abortion-motion-defeated

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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 clinic ‘safe access’ zones set to shake up a quiet Albury street as NSW bill passes

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Abortion clinic 'safe access' zones set to shake up a quiet Albury street as NSW bill passes

By Erin Somerville
June 7, 2018

Albury's Englehardt Street may appear to be a quiet place, but over the years it has been the backdrop of a major local battle that's helped shape the NSW new 'safe access' laws.

The New South Wales Government's move last night to pass laws rolling out a 150 metre safe access zone
that will move the protesters on is expected to be profoundly felt on this street.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-08/abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-to-shake-up-albury-street/9850370

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MPs call for exclusion zones around abortion clinics to stop protests

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MPs call for exclusion zones around abortion clinics to stop protests
Home secretary urged to follow lead of Ealing council in effort to prevent harassment

Dan Sabbagh
Thu 31 May 2018

Dozens of MPs are demanding Sajid Javid introduce exclusion zones outside abortion clinics in England and Wales to prevent protesters from harassing women, ahead of a court case that could see the sole existing safety area scrapped.

Rupa Huq, who represents Ealing Central and Acton, accused the home secretary of sitting on a review started by his predecessor Amber Rudd, which she and 160 other MPs and peers from all parties believe could halt emotive anti-abortion protests that take place outside an estimated 42 clinics.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/31/mps-call-for-exclusion-zones-around-abortion-clinics-protests-harassment

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UK – Abortion clinic buffer zones set ‘dangerous precedent’ for freedom of speech, campaigners say

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Abortion clinic buffer zones set 'dangerous precedent' for freedom of speech, campaigners say

Olivia Rudgard, Social and Religious Affairs Correspondent
28 May 2018

Abortion clinic buffer zones set a “dangerous precedent” for freedom of speech, campaigners have warned as they bid to overturn them.

Civil liberties groups have written to the seven councils who are currently considering public space protection orders to stop "pro-life" campaigners from standing outside abortion clinics to protest, warning that they impose "potentially unlawful restrictions on the rights of freedom of assembly and freedom of expression".

Continued; https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/28/abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-set-dangerous-precedent-freedom/

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Australia – Abortion clinic safe zones: human rights lawyer applies to give high court advice

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Abortion clinic safe zones: human rights lawyer applies to give high court advice
Victoria’s laws strike the right balance, says Human Rights Law Centre senior lawyer

Melissa Davey
Fri 25 May 2018

The Human Rights Law Centre has applied to provide expert advice to the high court while it considers a challenge to Victoria’s safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Laws took effect in Victoria in 2015 that made it illegal for anti-abortionists to protest within 150 metres of health and fertility clinics. The “safe access zone” laws were intended to protect health workers and their patients from being confronted and intimidated by protesters while seeking medical advice or getting medical treatment, including abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/may/26/abortion-clinic-safe-zones-human-rights-lawyer-applies-to-give-high-court-advice

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Expert Opinion: NSW Gov is enabling harassment. Abortion clinics need Safe Access Zones now.

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Expert Opinion: NSW Gov is enabling harassment. Abortion clinics need Safe Access Zones now.
Tomorrow, the NSW upper house will vote on the introduction to 'Safe Access Zones' to shield women from harassment outside abortion clinics.

May 23, 2018
By Adrianne Walters, Renee Carr

Every week, women in NSW face harassment and intimidation by anti-abortionists outside reproductive healthcare clinics.

Women are told they are murderers, forced to look at graphic images, and made to listen to misleading and medically inaccurate claims about the dire consequences that await them inside the abortion clinic.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/expert-opinion-nsw-gov-is-enabling-harassment-abortion-clinics-need-safe-access-zones-now

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Australia: Abortion laws: bill to establish exclusion zones likely to pass NSW parliament

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Abortion laws: bill to establish exclusion zones likely to pass NSW parliament
Laws would establish ‘safe access’ around clinics and proposes potential jail time for harassment within zones

Michael McGowan
Wed 23 May 2018

A bill to establish exclusion zones around abortion clinics in New South Wales is likely to pass the state’s parliament.

The legislation would establish 150m “safe access zones” around abortion clinics and proposes potential jail time for people caught harassing people within the zones.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/23/abortion-laws-bill-to-establish-exclusion-zones-likely-to-pass-nsw-parliament

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Law Seeks to Curb Abortion Protests in Australia

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Law Seeks to Curb Abortion Protests in Australia

May 19, 2018
Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Protests outside abortion clinics are to be outlawed under new laws proposed in Australia's most populous state. The legislation will be debated in the coming days in the New South Wales parliament.

It is estimated that up to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year. While abortion laws vary across the country, in New South Wales the procedure isn't illegal if it safeguards a woman's mental or physical health.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/law-seeks-curb-abortion-protests-australia/4401079.html

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