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Safe Access Zones legislated in Western Australia

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The Western Australian Government has today legislated safe access zones to protect patients and staff accessing sexual and reproductive health services . The passage of Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 means women and pregnant people in every state and territory are now protected against intimidation and harassment when accessing abortion services. Each year picketers spend approximately 2,295 …

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Safe access zones legislation passes the lower house in Western Australia

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Western Australia (WA) passed another milestone in working towards safe access to abortion care. Yesterday the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 was passed in the WA Legislative Assembly (lower house). WA will be the last jurisdiction in Australia to legislate safe access zones. Safe access zones prevent picketing within 150 metres of abortion care clinics. When it …

Western Australia moves towards safe access zones

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Harassment and intimidation of clients and staff outside of our clinics may soon be a thing of the past, following moves towards safe access zones in Western Australia (WA). Today the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 will be reintroduced in the WA Legislative Assembly. The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2020 had passed in the …

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Australia on track for national safe access to abortion care

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 10AM AWST/12.30PM ACDT FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER  AUSTRALIA ON TRACK FOR NATIONAL SAFE ACCESS TO ABORTION CARE  This week has seen significant advances for safe access to healthcare in Australia.   Safe access zones were legislated in South Australia on Wednesday when the Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The SA Bill’) was passed.   Safe access zones are another step closer to becoming law in Western Australia due to the Public Health Amendment (Safe …

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Safe access zones a step closer in WA

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MEDIA STATEMENT  1PM AWST WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER SAFE ACCESS ZONES A STEP CLOSER FOR WA The Western Australian Government has taken a step towards better protection of healthcare staff and patients accessing sexual and reproductive health services following the introduction of a safe access zones bill in Parliament today. The Public Health Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The Bill’) proposes measures that …

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Research shows medical abortion via telehealth is accessible and acceptable in Australia

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A new study published in the July issue of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health shows that at-home medical abortion via telehealth is accessible, convenient, and plays a key role in the accessibility of abortion care across Australia. The joint qualitative study between Marie Stopes Australia, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Monash University showed that participants selected the at-home telemedicine model for …

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Pandemic impacts on nation’s sexual and reproductive health

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MEDIA STATEMENT Marie Stopes Australia is bracing for a surge in later gestation terminations and increased client complexities including financial hardship and domestic violence as the nation slowly moves towards recovery from COVID-19. The concerns have been highlighted in Marie Stopes Australia’s latest situation report, released today, that details the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Australians sexual and reproductive …

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As State recovers from COVID-19, the picketers restart

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MEDIA STATEMENT Permits have been granted for anti-choice groups to restart their weekly picketing outside Marie Stopes Australia’s Midland clinic from today. The anti-choice groups had their permits cancelled towards the end of March as part of the public health response to COVID-19. Despite this, picketers showed up at the clinic on 27 March and WA Police were called. As …

Overwhelming support for zones shows WA cares

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Staff and clients at Marie Stopes Australia are one step closer to having their privacy, dignity and safety protected from anti-choice picketers with the WA Government committing to introduce Safe Access Zone legislation this year. Safe Access Zones provide a 150 metre safety bubble around abortion care clinics. They stop harassment, intimidation and public judgement of staff and clients by …

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes WA Government Support of Safe Access Zones

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Marie Stopes Australia has welcomed the commencement of public consultation on safe access zones in Western Australia by the McGowan Government. The Minister for Health, Roger Cook and Minister for Women’s Interest’s and Prevention of Family Violence, Simone McGurk visited the Marie Stopes Midland Clinic today to announce the release of a discussion paper into safe access zones. “Marie Stopes …

High Court ruling upholds safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania

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Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the High Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania. Acting CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Jamal Hakim said that “today’s High Court ruling demonstrates that women’s health, safety and privacy is absolutely critical when accessing healthcare services.” “A lot of effort has gone into the defence of these zones because …

Queensland MPs vote for dignity, compassion and respect

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Marie Stopes Australia welcomed the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 in the Queensland Parliament last night.  CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Michelle Thompson, said the passing of the Bill will modernise the State’s termination of pregnancy laws, provide certainty for healthcare professionals involved in abortion care, and stop treating women seeking abortions as criminals. “This is a …

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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes Decriminalisation Recommendations

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Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the release of the Queensland Law Reform Commission report that recommends removing abortion from the State’s Criminal Code. CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Michelle Thompson, said the announcement today by the Queensland Labor Government to support the recommendations and introduce draft legislation to decriminalise abortion was a win for Queensland women. “We are delighted that the …

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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes NSW Safe Access Zones

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Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Parliament that will at last provide NSW women with safe access to clinics that perform abortions.  Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said that each day women accessing abortions in NSW run the risk of being photographed, filmed, harassed and intimidated when accessing the common medical procedure.  “There is …

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One Step Closer to Safe Access for NSW Women

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Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Legislative Council today aimed at providing women with safe access zones around sexual and reproductive health clinics. Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said the passing of the legislation meant the zones were one step closer to becoming a reality. “For too long, side-walk counsellors have harassed, intimidated and …