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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Scotland – Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

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Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

Mark McLaughlin
July 26 2018

Protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics are being monitored by police with a view to a possible crackdown.

Aileen Campbell, the public health minister, said that pro-life protests could be distressing for women and action may be required.

Some councils want “buffer zones” to keep demonstrators away from patients and staff after a surge in pro-life vigils.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-protests-face-crackdown-by-holyrood-038tcxsdg

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Ireland – Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services

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Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services
Zones of 100m-150m intended to stop women being harassed while accessing services

Fri, Jul 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will commit to the introduction of exclusion zones of 100m-150m to prevent women facing vulgar imagery when accessing abortion services.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to bring the Heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to Cabinet on Tuesday, which will outline the circumstances in which abortions will be available in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-bill-will-commit-to-exclusion-zones-around-services-1.3556802

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

By Kirrin McKechnie
Thu Jun 28, 2018

A highly anticipated Queensland Law Reform Commission (LRC) report examining whether abortion should be decriminalised will be handed to the State Government by tomorrow, amid strong expectations within the ALP that change will come.

Under laws written in 1899, abortion is still a criminal offence in Queensland.

The State Government charged the LRC with investigating ways to modernise abortion laws and requested it include draft legislation based on its recommendations.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/abortion-queensland-change-law-reform-commission-report/9859910

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Ireland – Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

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Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

The Minister for Health has reiterated that he wants to introduce abortion services from January 2019.

Speaking at the AGM of the National Women's Council, Simon Harris said that there are a number of legal challenges to the referendum result and he respects the court must do its work.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0621/972142-national-womens-council/

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Ireland – Health minister says it is ‘sad’ that exclusion zones are required around maternity hospitals

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Latest: Health minister says it is 'sad' that exclusion zones are required around maternity hospitals

21/06/2018

The Health Minister says it is unacceptable that maternity hospitals have to issue warnings about graphic images outside their buildings.

It is after The Rotunda tweeted to let people know that there was an anti-abortion protest taking place last week and that it had notified Gardaí.

Continued: https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/latest-health-minister-says-it-is-sad-that-exclusion-zones-are-required-around-maternity-hospitals-850243.html

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Ireland – Measures to protect from ‘offensive imagery’ to be considered

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Measures to protect from ‘offensive imagery’ to be considered
Harris says abortion services will be available irrespective of ability to pay and geography
June 21, 2018
Elaine Edwards

The Department of Health has been asked to consider measures to protect people from offensive imagery outside maternity hospitals and other health facilities in drafting the legislation on abortion.

Minister for Health Simon Harris also said there would be equitable access to abortion services regardless of someone’s ability to pay or geographic location.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/measures-to-protect-from-offensive-imagery-to-be-considered-1.3538869

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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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Ireland – GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

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GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

Eilish O'Regan
June 4 2018

Ultrasound machines used by GPs to examine women seeking a medical abortion need to be reliable, otherwise there is a risk of a reading error similar to mistakes made by CervicalCheck, a leading GP has warned.

Dr John O'Brien, president of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), said the provision of ultrasound machines used to date a pregnancy is one of the many areas that must be worked out before services to provide abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy are ready.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-warn-of-potential-errors-with-abortion-scans-service-36974092.html

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