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NSW Minister for Women votes against abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

Post by veya_victaous on Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:11 am

LAST night, a historic bill to ban protesters from harassing women outside abortion clinics passed the New South Wales Parliament in a landslide.

It’s a massive victory for women — and men who care about women.

Because it means from now on, women and their partners will be free to enter a clinic or hospital without being accused of murder.

They will no longer be forced to see activists holding up placards with graphic images of dead babies.

And they’ll be spared from hysterical slogans making wild claims that abortion causes cancer, or suicide, or infertility, or any of the other ridiculous, unproven “facts” pro-lifers regularly spout.

The bill passed easily without amendment, with 61 in favour and just 18 against.

But among the handful of names who spoke out and voted against the introduction of 150-metre “safe access zones”, two clearly stuck out: Minister for Women Tanya Davies, and Minister for Family and Community Services and former sex discrimination minister, Pru Goward.

Let me repeat that.

Two women, whose job it is — and was — to advocate for women and act in their best interests, actively tried to ensure NSW women continued to be bullied and hounded for seeking a medical procedure.

It’s an act of betrayal so shocking it’s almost laughable.

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https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/nsw-minister-for-women-tanya-davies-votes-against-abortion-clinic-safe-access-zones/news-story/58e2e01454fa3b58d83c40c59a1960ed

Obviously, I disagree — strongly — with every single individual who opposed the bill.

But in Ms Goward and Ms Davies’ case, it’s not just an indication of dodgy morals — it’s a clear conflict of interest.

In fact, Ms Davies’ actions have sparked so much outrage that many are saying her position is now untenable, and that she should be forced to resign. Immediately.

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:13 am

I agree with the OP her position is untenable and she needs to resign as minister for women immediately.

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Post by eddie on Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:33 am

I think you should be able to demonstrate peacefully wherever you like.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:20 am

eddie wrote:

I think you should be able to demonstrate peacefully wherever you like.

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The 'pro-life' protestors who forced this legislation weren't "demonstrating peacefully", though...

They were physically attacking clients and staff outside abortion clinics, as well as photographing/filming, harassing and abusing them;  while the leaders, church pastors and supporters of those pro-lifers refused to pull their rogue elements into line --  arrogantly claiming that their rights to attack and abuse anybody they like (in the name of "free speech", no less !) overrides everyone else's basic rights to safety and free passage.

How would you like it if protestors set up camp on your doorstep or in your driveway every second or third day  ?

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:11 pm

eddie wrote:I think you should be able to demonstrate peacefully wherever you like.


Fuck that shit, by the same logic the Nazi should be able hold a rally in the middle of london on a daily basis Rolling Eyes

which is why

The bill passed easily without amendment, with 61 in favour and just 18 against

the question is now how do high do we hang a minster for women that votes against the well being of women?  geek

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Post by Syl on Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:19 pm

If pro lifers want to demonstrate they should do it away from abortion clinics where women are going through enough trauma without running a gauntlet of rabid nutters who know nothing about the womans circumstances.

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Re: NSW Minister for Women votes against abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

Post by Original Quill on Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:29 pm

eddie wrote:I think you should be able to demonstrate peacefully wherever you like.

I highly doubt that the issue is 'peaceful' demonstration.  You rarely need legislative protection from peace.

If Oz is anything like this country, conservatives assume a right to violence.  It's their entitlement.  As one article noted:

The New York Times wrote:At least 11 people have been killed in attacks on abortion clinics in the United States since 1993, including the Colorado attack. The most recent victims were Garrett Swasey, a police officer at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and a part-time church pastor; Ke’Arre M. Stewart, a former Army specialist who served in Iraq; and Jennifer Markovsky, a woman from Hawaii who was at the clinic with a friend.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/29/us/30abortion-clinic-violence.html

Granted, in this country conservatives have legal firearms.  However, guns are just an extension of intent.  It's the anger-level of conservative anti-abortionists that is the concern.

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