The Dr Mehreen Faruqi (Greens) MLC Private members bill to decriminalise abortion and remove conscientious objection rights for medical personnel and remove the right to free speech has been defeated in the NSW Legislative Council by 25 votes to 14.
Though the Penny Sharp (Labor) MLC bill to provide “safe access” zones around abortion mills is still before the parliament.
If the bill is passed, it will create 150-metre “safe access zones” around abortion clinics and other family planning and reproductive health services, allowing police to move on anyone protesting in these areas. It comes after similar measures were adopted in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.
Essentially, the proposed law aims to punish pro-life vigils, even those – like the 40 Days for Life campaign – which are conducted by people who stand across the road from abortion clinics, in silent or quiet prayer, often not even facing the clinic.
“There is no harassment, intimidation or obstruction from any of the Helpers and that they were grateful we were there and able to help them keep their babies. “
We still have much to do to protect Mothers and their babies.
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