Abortion clinic safe-access zones face challenge in Australia’s high court

Abortion clinic safe-access zones face challenge in Australia's high court
Campaigners challenging Victorian and Tasmanian laws argue they stifle free speech

Melissa Davey
Mon 8 Oct 2018

The validity of the safe-access-zone laws in Victoria and Tasmania that prevent anti-abortion protesters from harassing women seeking medical treatment will be challenged before the high court on Tuesday.

The Victorian case has been brought by anti-abortion campaigner Kathleen Clubb, who was the first person to be convicted of breaking Victoria’s safe-access-zone laws in 2016. The laws mean anti-abortion protesters cannot protest within 150m of health and fertility clinics. Clubb was fined $5,000 for communicating about abortion to a woman attending an East Melbourne medical clinic. Clubb’s conduct was found to be “reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety”.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/09/abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones-face-challenge-in-australias-high-court

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Queensland doctors accused of ‘deep disrespect’ for women seeking abortion

Queensland doctors accused of 'deep disrespect' for women seeking abortion
Ahead of legalisation debate, pro-choice GP says regional doctors ‘dictate to women’

Ben Smee
Sun 7 Oct 2018

Doctors in regional Queensland routinely treat women seeking an abortion with “deep disrespect” and dictate scripture instead of dispensing medical advice, pro-choice GPs in the state say.

“Abortion is a mortal sin and you’ll go to hell,” one doctor reportedly told a woman in Cairns, who had asked about terminating her unwanted pregnancy.
Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/queensland-doctors-accused-of-deep-disrespect-for-women-seeking-abortion

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Ireland – Survey results split over doctors opposed to abortion

Survey results split over doctors opposed to abortion

Saturday, 6 Oct 2018
By Sharon Tobin

A survey has found that respondents were split on whether doctors opposed to abortion should be obliged to refer a patient to another doctor who will carry out the procedure.

The poll of 1,000 adults was carried out by Amárach on behalf of The Pro Life Campaign, which is holding its National Conference today.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/1006/1001378-abortion-survey/

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Ireland – Hundreds of small white crosses placed by anti-abortion campaigners found dumped along Donegal countryside

Hundreds of small white crosses placed by anti-abortion campaigners found dumped along Donegal countryside
An anti-abortion group spent hours placing more than 10,000 of the wooden crosses along a 20km stretch of road between Derry and Donegal last May

By Stephen Maguire
6th October 2018

HUNDREDS of crosses used as part of an abortion protest campaign have been found dumped in the Donegal countryside.

An anti-abortion group spent hours placing more than 10,000 of the wooden crosses along a 20km stretch of road between Derry and Donegal last May in the lead up to the country’s Abortion Referendum.

Continued: https://www.thesun.ie/news/3219275/anti-abortion-crosses-donegal-dump/

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Verona defies Italy’s abortion law and declares itself a ‘pro-life city’

Verona defies Italy's abortion law and declares itself a 'pro-life city'

Jessica Phelan
5 October 2018

Verona's town council voted to declare the northern Italian city officially "pro-life", prompting outcry from campaigners for reproductive rights.

Councillors approved a motion put forward by Alberto Zelger, a member of the League party, which declares Verona a "pro-life city", demands public funding for anti-abortion groups and calls for the council to promote a regional project that encourages pregnant women to give unplanned babies up for adoption.

Continued: https://www.thelocal.it/20181005/verona-pro-life-city-italy-abortion-law

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Ireland – Bishops want abortion opt-out for medical professionals

Bishops want abortion opt-out for medical professionals

Updated / Friday, 5 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

The country’s Catholic bishops have described the Government’s abortion legislation as an affront to conscience.

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for healthcare professionals and pharmacists who oppose it to be allowed opt out on the grounds of their fundamental right of conscientious objection.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/1005/1001153-abortion/

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Ireland – Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services

Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services
Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’

Fri, Oct 5, 2018
Patsy McGarry

The Department of Health is to meet medical colleges including the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service, a spokeswoman for the Irish Medical Organisation has said. It is the largest medical representative body and trade union in Ireland.

It was “important that medical professionals can, on a conscientious basis, choose not to deliver this service,” she said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/doctors-call-for-legislation-to-protect-conscientous-objectors-in-abortion-services-1.3653149

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Ireland – Abortion opponents to fight for burials in bill on terminations

Abortion opponents to fight for burials in bill on terminations

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
October 3 2018

Anti-abortion campaigners are lobbying to make it mandatory for a burial to be held after a pregnancy is terminated.

Activists have been urged to “visit” TDs and put pressure on them to make abortion law as restrictive as possible, making it mandatory for women to be told about adoption and parenting, and to be offered an ultrasound scan before they can access a termination.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pro-life-activists-want-tds-to-place-obstacles-in-abortion-bill-hj9pd2qd8

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Fact check: Will Queensland’s proposed abortion laws allow unrestricted access after 22 weeks?

Fact check: Will Queensland's proposed abortion laws allow unrestricted access after 22 weeks?
Oct 3, 2018

The claim

Protestors have marched through the streets of Brisbane voicing their opposition to proposed changes to abortion laws in Queensland. Among them was Nationals senator for Queensland Matt Canavan, a cabinet minister, who addressed the crowd and spoke to reporters at the march.

"[The proposed changes] would be some of the most radical and extreme legislation of abortions in the world, and it would allow, effectively … unrestricted abortions beyond 22 weeks," Senator Canavan said.

Will the new laws, if passed, allow unrestricted access to abortion after 22 weeks? RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-04/fact-check-queensland-abortion-laws-unrestricted-access/10264402

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Ireland – Last-ditch attempt to curtail abortion law

Last-ditch attempt to curtail abortion law

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
October 2 2018

An anti-abortion senator has claimed that the public did not vote to legalise abortion up to 12 weeks and has asked politicians to legislate as they “see fit”.

In a last-minute appeal to restrict abortion access in Ireland, Rónán Mullen has urged TDs and senators to “represent the concerns” of those who voted against repealing the Eighth Amendment in any new abortion law.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/last-ditch-attempt-to-curtail-abortion-law-88vrsbk03

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