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 – 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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Australia: Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

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Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

Michaela Whitbourn
August 14 2017

A Sydney woman who bought pills on the internet to abort her child after her boyfriend urged her to terminate the pregnancy has been prosecuted for self-administering a drug to procure a miscarriage.

In a decision on July 5, made public on Monday, Local Court magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt said the woman, who was 28 at the time, had a "clear intent to procure a miscarriage".

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-woman-prosecuted-for-taking-abortion-drug-20170814-gxvoqd.html

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Australia: Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

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Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

Oliver Jacques
29 May 2017

Prominent Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli has spoken out against NSW Greens moves to soften the state's abortion laws.

Her comments come after Greens supporters hung NSW MPs' photos attached to coat hangers outside NSW parliament - photos of the 25 members who voted down a Greens abortion reform bill. .

Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi said her bill was about decriminalising abortion.

Continued at source: The Area News: http://www.areanews.com.au/story/4692449/abortion-debate-turns-ugly/

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Australia: Protesters Are Using Coat Hangers To Name And Shame The MPs Who Voted Against Abortion Reform

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Protesters Are Using Coat Hangers To Name And Shame The MPs Who Voted Against Abortion Reform
by Matilda Dixon-Smith
25 May 2017

Protesters are fighting back after NSW parliament voted down a bid to decriminalise abortion across the state earlier this month. Gathered outside NSW parliament yesterday, the group hung 25 coat hangers, each one attached to a photo of a politician who voted against the Greens’ bill that would have removed abortion from the NSW Crimes Act. The coat hangers were hung on the parliament fence alongside a pink banner that read “Never Again”.

Along with the hangers — which were displayed in full view of Macquarie Street in Sydney where NSW Parliament resides — the protesters were chanting, “No back alleys in the night, for safe abortions we will fight!”. Their protest follows on from the larger scale pro-choice protests, which took place outside Parliament House the day the bill was debated, where protesters shouted “Shame! Shame!” when news of the defeat reached them.

Continued at source: Junkee: http://junkee.com/protestors-nsw-abortion-reform/106304

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Australia Has A Case Of Deja Vu When It Comes To Abortion Law Reform

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Australia Has A Case Of Deja Vu When It Comes To Abortion Law Reform
Two states have rejected abortion decriminalisation this year.

Posted on May 16, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

All members of the NSW Liberal-National coalition voted against the legislation, which would also have established safe access zones around hospitals and clinics where the procedure is available.

In February, a similar bill was withdrawn from Queensland's parliament the day before it was due to be debated after every member of that state's Liberal-National Party vowed to vote against it.

Here is how decriminalisation similarly failed in both states:

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/australia-has-a-case-of-deja-vu-when-it-comes-to-abortion

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Australia: Abortion decriminalisation to get renewed push in NSW parliament

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Abortion decriminalisation to get renewed push in NSW parliament

Greens proposal, which would create 150-metre protest-free zones around clinics, backed by medical and legal experts

Christopher Knaus
Sunday 7 May 2017

A proposal to decriminalise abortion and create protest-free zones around clinics is expected to come before New South Wales parliament this week, backed by doctors, lawyers, teachers, academics, unions and civil rights groups.

The Greens are leading the push to have abortion removed from the state’s Crimes Act, but are facing opposition from the Catholic church and the Christian lobby, which are seeking to lobby members of parliament against the changes.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/abortion-decriminalisation-to-get-renewed-push-in-nsw-parliament

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