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Patient privacy zone at Civic clinic extended

By Michael Reid - 18 May 2016 63

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The privacy zone around a health clinic in Civic has been extended to provide further protection for women accessing legal medical treatments, including abortion.

ACT health minister Simon Corbell said the extension, effective from Thursday, will include any areas accessible by the public around the clinic at 1 Moore Street.

The protest-free zone was introduced in March to ensure women could access medical services without being harassed, intimidated or judged by others. Unfortunately, anti-abortion protests had continued on the fringes of the zone within the line of site of people accessing treatment, Corbell said.

The extended zone will include Rudd Street, West Row and the alley way of Odgers Lane, and surrounding roads, footpaths, gutters, outdoor areas and other areas underneath a building’s facade.

Protesting or behaviour that increases emotional distress or may prevent women from accessing legal and medically recognised health procedures is prohibited within the defined protest-free zone between 7am and 6pm on business days to align with the opening hours of the facility.

The extended protest-free zone had been developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including  the ACT Human Rights Commission and police, to strike a balance between protecting women’s rights to safe and legal health care and the rights of protesters, Corbell said.

“From tomorrow, if an individual is found protesting within the new area, ACT Health’s security personnel will notify them about the extension of the protest-free zone and ask them to leave,” he added.

“If the person chooses to remain, ACT Policing will be notified and penalties may apply.”

Information about the extended protest-free zone, including a new map, is available on the ACT Health website at: www.health.act.gov.au/consumerinformation/protestfreezone.

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The Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Act 2015 is available at: www.legislation.act.gov.au.

 

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63 Responses to
Patient privacy zone at Civic clinic extended
1
HenryBG 5:22 pm
18 May 16
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Oh, Voltaire is turning in his grave.
Stalin, on the other hand, is resting comfortably…

This is quite beyond the pale, in a democracy.

2
Mordd 12:32 am
19 May 16
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Good.

3
gooterz 1:08 am
19 May 16
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Does this apply to all medical places or just ones for abortions?

4
justin heywood 8:12 am
19 May 16
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Imagine the outcry from ‘progressives’ if the right-wingers got into government and started putting up ‘exclusion zones’ around churches.

5
HenryBG 9:07 am
19 May 16
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Nightshade said :

Does this apply to all medical places or just ones for abortions?

I guess it just applies to opinions that Stalin doesn’t like.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/18/jk-rowling-free-speech-dissent-donald-trump

““If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed the line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.””

6
Alexandra Craig 9:38 am
19 May 16
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blandone said :

Good.

+1

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Mysteryman 10:12 am
19 May 16
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gooterz said :

Oh, Voltaire is turning in his grave.
Stalin, on the other hand, is resting comfortably…

This is quite beyond the pale, in a democracy.

+1. How much longer before Barr and the Greens start legislating against opinions that aren’t state-sanctioned?

gooterz said :

Imagine the outcry from ‘progressives’ if the right-wingers got into government and started putting up ‘exclusion zones’ around churches.

Agreed. Pathetic, discriminatory laws from the intolerant side of politics who hypocritically cry out for tolerance (but only of what they approve of!).

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Evilomlap 10:19 am
19 May 16
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gooterz said :

blandone said :

Good.

+1

+1 here too. The protests outside that place had nothing to do with democracy or free speech.

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justin heywood 11:55 am
19 May 16
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madelini said :

gooterz said :

blandone said :

Good.

+1

+1 here too. The protests outside that place had nothing to do with democracy or free speech.

madelini said :

gooterz said :

blandone said :

Good.

+1

+1 here too. The protests outside that place had nothing to do with democracy or free speech.

Correct. The protest itself has nothing to do with free speech, nobody said it did.
But the effective banning of the protest has everything to do with free speech.

A challenge for those who approve of shutting down this protest:

Outline the guidelines under a protest should be allowed, or not. Let’s see whether you can.

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Blen_Carmichael 11:59 am
19 May 16
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“Unfortunately, anti-abortion protests had continued on the fringes of the zone within the line of site of people accessing treatment, Corbell said.”

Just to clarify: 1) Some people are protesting 2) Unlike many protests, these protestors are acting legally and within the Act 3) This is “unfortunate” and the government is taking action to expand the so-called ‘protest-free zone’.

11
Here_and_Now 12:18 pm
19 May 16
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Nightshade said :

Does this apply to all medical places or just ones for abortions?

Please peruse the piece. It says directly that it only applies to one particular clinic.

12
Here_and_Now 12:20 pm
19 May 16
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gooterz said :

Imagine the outcry from ‘progressives’ if the right-wingers got into government and started putting up ‘exclusion zones’ around churches.

I imagine if people were in the practice of harassing and abusing anyone who approached the church in the same way and at the same distance as has been happening with this clinic, many people, progressive or otherwise, would be fine with a bit of a safety zone.

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HenryBG 12:30 pm
19 May 16
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Masquara said :

gooterz said :

Imagine the outcry from ‘progressives’ if the right-wingers got into government and started putting up ‘exclusion zones’ around churches.

I imagine if people were in the practice of harassing and abusing anyone who approached the church in the same way and at the same distance as has been happening with this clinic, many people, progressive or otherwise, would be fine with a bit of a safety zone.

I wasn’t aware that those nuns outside the abortion clinic were harassing or abusing anybody.

I *am* aware that those for whom the idea of free speech is a terrible challenge have been in the habit of making up stories of “abuse and harassment” as cover for their attack on free speech.

Just imagine if a coal company got the Liberals to enact legislation preventing people from protesting outside coal HQ?

Uh, hang on, the right-wingers are into the same kind of thing…
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/mike-bairds-anti-protest-laws-risk-turning-nsw-into-bjelke-petersens-queensland-20160315-gnj4to.html

Here’s what a Labor politician has to say about such laws,
“”They’re seeking to stifle dissent by passing these harsh and unnecessary new laws.””

“Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham described the laws as a “jack-boot police crackdown on democratic rights”.”

14
Maya123 12:33 pm
19 May 16
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gooterz said :

Imagine the outcry from ‘progressives’ if the right-wingers got into government and started putting up ‘exclusion zones’ around churches.

Um, when was the last time you saw a group of people standing outside a church, protesting against people attending it? Really silly comment!

15
Maya123 12:34 pm
19 May 16
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blandone said :

Good.

+1.

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