“People accessing sexual health clinics should be able to do so without being harassed”: Roger Cook
Public consultation has begun on the introduction of safe access zones outside abortion clinics in WA.
The zones provide an exclusion area to prevent protests close to clinics that provide abortion services. The public are invited to lodge submissions that will assist in developing laws to ensure women can access such services without being intimidated or harassed by anti-abortionists.
Health Minister Roger Cook spoke to Karl O’Callaghan today where he said legislation already exists in most other states.
“We think it’s really important that we put some measures in place as quickly as possible.
“Nearly every state in Australia has safe access zone laws, so we’ll be able to reflect on the different laws that are in place around the country and learn what the best elements are for Western Australia.”
Submissions close at the end of next month. The discussion paper, the online survey and more information surrounding the consultation process can be found at http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/safeaccesszones
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