Safe Access Zones Bill Passes Upper House of NSW Parliament

Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has welcomed passage of the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 in the Upper House of NSW Parliament. The Bill seeks to establish 150m safe access zones outside reproductive health clinics in NSW.

Dr Faruqi said:

“This is a victory for the fundamental right of women to access a medical service in safety, dignity and privacy. For too long, women in this State have been told to put up with intimidation and harassment. It is time to put sexist dogmas that seek to dictate women’s choices into the dust bin of history where they belong.

“A year ago, Parliament debated my bill to decriminalise abortion and create safe access zones, a first in NSW history. I’m ecstatic and so proud that our campaign has now come to this point that we could soon have safe access in NSW.

“I hope in the near future we can return to Parliament to decriminalise abortion, and ensure that women and their doctors within these safe access zones are not operating under the shadow of criminality and have the unambiguous legal right to make reproductive choices.

“This is especially a win for women in rural and regional NSW who have had to bear the brunt of harassment. I’m so proud of Greens’ Deputy Mayor Amanda Cohen for her work to push for safe access zones in Albury,” she concluded.