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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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Mysteryman 3:02 pm 31 May 16

gooterz said :

Zan said :

Did you just tell us that it is his right to protest anywhere he feels like in public?

No I didn’t.
Google “strawman argument” if you want to understand your logical fallacy you just employed.

Zan said :

Hmm or could it be that a public foot path is much like a road? Make a nuisance of yourself and you will be moved on.

I’ve never seen the anti-abortion religionists obstructing the footpath – in fact they seemed to be being quite careful to not do so.

I wonder if you ever get sick of mis-representing reality to self-justify your beliefs?

From what JC posts, I don’t imagine so.

HenryBG 9:37 am 31 May 16

Zan said :

Did you just tell us that it is his right to protest anywhere he feels like in public?

No I didn’t.
Google “strawman argument” if you want to understand your logical fallacy you just employed.

Zan said :

Hmm or could it be that a public foot path is much like a road? Make a nuisance of yourself and you will be moved on.

I’ve never seen the anti-abortion religionists obstructing the footpath – in fact they seemed to be being quite careful to not do so.

I wonder if you ever get sick of mis-representing reality to self-justify your beliefs?

Mordd 4:25 am 31 May 16

Maybe they can try this instead: http://fusion.net/story/307072/copley-geofencing-abortion-planned-parenthood/ – in the USA protesting outside abortion clinics has been banned in most places for a while now, so they’ve taken it to the next level, technologically speaking.

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