Australia Protesting outside abortion clinics in NSW may be outlawed within a 150-metre radius

01:11  17 may  2018
01:11  17 may  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Ireland Votes to Legalize Abortion in Blow to Catholic Conservatism

  Ireland Votes to Legalize Abortion in Blow to Catholic Conservatism The referendum was the latest sign of a drift toward liberalism in a country that only recently installed a gay man as prime minister and allowed same-sex marriage.DUBLIN — Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.

It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti- abortion protests , advising a person not to get an abortion , and intimidation or

Vote in the early hours of Friday morning prevents protesters filming people or blocking access within 150 metres of abortion clinics .

In most states and territories women face the prospect of confronting protesters on their way to get an abortion.© ABC News/Angela Lavoipierre In most states and territories women face the prospect of confronting protesters on their way to get an abortion. Protesters outside abortion clinics in New South Wales may be forced to abandon their posts, if State Parliament passes a new bill due to be introduced today.

An estimated 70,000 to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year.

In most states and territories they face the prospect of confronting protesters on their way into hospitals or clinics.

Protesters often approach women to verbally dissuade them, sometimes using graphic imagery of aborted foetuses.

Record 7-storey monster wave tears across Southern Ocean

  Record 7-storey monster wave tears across Southern Ocean Experts warn there could be even bigger swells out there.The leviathan was sensed late on Wednesday night by a buoy near the near subantarctic Campbell Island.

Cohn will argue that under Section 632 of the Local Government Act protesters would not be able to protest within 150 metres of the clinic . NSW is currently waiting for a vote on legislation that would enact safe-access zones under state law as is the case in Victoria and Tasmania.

Anti- abortion protests should be illegal outside clinics , says N.L. justice minister. Protesting a protest : Pro-choice humour at anti-anti- abortion demonstration. Her lawyer, Lynn Moore, originally applied to ban protests within a 100 metre radius of the clinic .

But a private member's bill co-sponsored by Labor's Penny Sharpe and the National's Trevor Khan would, if passed, outlaw their behaviour within 150 metres.

The bills would make it illegal to interfere with people, photograph them, or otherwise cause them anxiety and distress as they enter abortion clinics in New South Wales.

The bill is due to be introduced to the upper house today and debated next week.

If passed, it would bring NSW in line with laws in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

Unlike similar efforts in the past, this bill makes no attempt to decriminalise abortion itself, which is still considered a crime in both NSW and Queensland.

The frontlines of the abortion fight

In states where protesting outside an abortion clinic is still legal, those footpaths are at times transformed into a morality play, starring the women trying to get inside.

Dufty pearler sparks Dragons in Mudgee

  Dufty pearler sparks Dragons in Mudgee <p>St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty scored a brilliant 50-metre solo try late in the Dragons' 25-18 NRL win over Canberra in Mudgee on Sunday.</p>An electric 50-metre try from St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty has edged the Dragons to a tense seven-point win over Canberra as they consolidated top spot on the NRL ladder.

TORONTO – It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti- abortion protests , advising a person not to get an abortion

A ban on protesters harassing people within 150 metres of abortion clinics has become law in Victoria after the upper house voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill.

At a clinic in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, activists from both sides gather three mornings a week.

Stephen Hitchings is a regular and stands across the road from the entrance with a small group.

"We pray. We simply pray," he told The Signal.

The hands-on work of dissuading women is done by a pair he describes as "counsellors" who stand at the door to the clinic itself.

One is holding Rosary beads, next to an a-frame showing an aborted foetus, and a display of several rubber foetuses.

Mr Hitchings doesn't see it as a protest or harassment.

"For one thing, it would be absolutely useless if you're going to harass a woman, there's no way she's going to listen to what you have to say," he said.

"It's a very polite, very calm, very low-key approach that we have."

He believes their goal justifies the use of tactics such as displaying graphic imagery.

"They might seem confronting to some people, but we take the view that if it's going to save a life, then a bit of confrontation is very well worth it," he said.

Irish women travel #HomeToVote on abortion

  Irish women travel #HomeToVote on abortion Voters are returning home from across the world to cast their ballot in Friday's historic referendum.Irish voters from around the world are returning to cast their ballots in Friday's referendum on whether or not to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment. That clause in the Irish constitution in effect outlaws abortion by giving equal rights to the unborn.

The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti- abortion protests will be banned. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images).

The fast-tracked bill, passed on Wednesday, will create 50 to 150 - meter safe access zones around the province’s eight abortion clinics . Anti- abortion activists will be prohibited from protesting or passing out literature in these zones. Within these areas it will be illegal to advise a person not to get an

He claims they have had some success, even if it is rare.

"Most of the women will go straight past, but quite a few of them actually do stop... and sometimes change their mind," Mr Hitchings said.

He said in one case, a couple who were convinced to continue the pregnancy to term ultimately moved into his house in Enfield for 18 months.

Every time Mr Hitchings and his group show up, they have competition.

Just inside the clinic, there's a group of people who call themselves "clinic defenders".

They see their role as protecting patients from harassment outside.

Natalie Berry, 20, said they generally tried not to have too much contact with the pro-life group, who she described as "intense".

"Basically [we] just kind of stand between them and the protesters and say 'you don't have to listen to them, just ignore them', and just guide them into the clinic," she said.

Ms Berry believes the actions of protesters amount to more than just prayer and gentle persuasion.

"I would definitely describe it as harassment," she said.

When a patient eventually does arrive, both camps say their piece and the woman hurries through in silence.

'To Hell with your small mind, Folau'

  'To Hell with your small mind, Folau' The anti-gay rugby star faced a lone protester in Christchurch.Folau, along with his Waratah teammates, touched down in Christchurch on Friday ahead of their Saturday night clash against the Crusaders.

The full story Protests banned outside Tas abortion clinics . SCOTT BEVAN: Christian groups have expressed concern about the Tasmanian Parliament passing a bill to make it illegal for people to protest within 150 metres of an abortion clinic .

It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti- abortion protests , advising a person not to get an abortion , and intimidation or

The event is chaotic and tense, but it's over in less than five seconds.

Cautiously optimistic

Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe is hopeful the bill will have a better chance than its predecessors.

In 2015 a Greens omnibus bill sought the same outcome, as well as decriminalising abortion, whereas this one only seeks to establish a "Safe Access Zone".

Ms Sharpe believes its success depends on whether the Liberal and National parties agree to a free vote.

"If they give their people a free vote, we believe we've got the numbers in the parliament," she said.

The bill has been co-sponsored by the Nationals' Trevor Khan.

"I'm very confident he's got good support from his own colleagues and that there's enough of them who want to see this bill passed," Ms Sharpe said.

Mr Hitchings said from what he has heard, the bill sounds "horrible".

He hasn't decided how he'll respond if it's passed into law — he said he may just move his prayer and hymn-singing down the road.

Mr Hitchings hasn't ruled out breaking the law either.

"I normally think of myself as very much a law-abiding citizen, but if I think the law is completely unjust then I might make an exception," he said.

Italy's Buffon to play last game for Juventus on Saturday .
Italy's talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday, he told reporters on Thursday.Yet the 40-year-old, who has won nine Serie A titles with Juventus including the last seven in a row, stopped short of announcing his retirement from the sport in a news conference on Thursday.

Source: http://au.pressfrom.com/news/australia/-64254-protesting-outside-abortion-clinics-in-nsw-may-be-outlawed-within-a-150-metre-radius/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!