No one should be harassed for seeking healthcare

"Women are forced to look at distorted graphic images and told they are murderers and going to hell" and being "jostled and filmed" as they enter reproductive healthcare centres across the state.[1]

That's why MLC Penny Sharpe has just introduced legislation that would protect women from being harassed by anti-choice protestors.

Now the NSW Cabinet will decide whether or not they become a reality.

The proposal is to create 150-metre "safe access zones" around health services that provide family planning, reproductive health or abortion services - similar to those that exist in Victoria, ACT and Tasmania.[1]

Traditionally proposals like these are extremely contentious - which means we'll have to show Cabinet it has huge voter support. Can you help by signing and sharing this petition asking all NSW MPs to support creating “safe access zones” around abortion clinics?

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The proposed legislation, set to be debated in coming months, would amend the Summary Offences Act. It would not restrict the right to protest or freedom of speech.

NSW Minister for Women has already revealed she is not personally pro-choice, but said "in my role I am here to support all women." Can you help us show her that includes supporting safe access zones?

[1] NSW abortion 'safe-zone' bill introduced, news.com.au, 30 March 2017

Dear NSW MPs,

We urge you to vote in support of legislation creating “safe access zones” around abortion clinics, to protect women from being harassed by anti-choice protesters.

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