Abortion is the murder of the unborn plain and simple! Sadly, New South Wales National party MP Trevor Khan is in step with Labor Party MP P G Sharpe in sponsoring the following bill.
“Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 b2017-081.d10
This explanatory note relates to this Bill as introduced into Parliament.
This Bill is co-sponsored by the Hon P G Sharpe MLC and the Hon T J Khan MLC.
Overview of Bill
The object of this Bill is to provide for safe access zones around reproductive health clinics at which abortions are provided so as to protect the safety and well-being of, and respect the privacy and dignity of, those accessing the services provided at those premises as well as those who need to access those premises in the course of their employment.
Outline of provisions
Clause 1 sets out the name (also called the short title) of the proposed Act.
Clause 2 provides for the commencement of the proposed Act on the date of assent to the
Schedule 1 Amendment of Public Health Act 2010 No 127
Schedule 1 inserts the following provisions into the Public Health Act 2010:
(a) Proposed section 98A inserts definitions used in the proposed Part. The term safe access zone is defined to mean the premises of a reproductive health clinic at which abortions are provided and the area within 150 metres of any part of the premises of a reproductive health clinic at which abortions are provided or of a pedestrian access point to a building that houses a reproductive health clinic at which abortions are provided.
(b) Proposed section 98B specifies the objects of the proposed Part.
(c) Proposed section 98C makes it an offence for a person who is in a safe access zone to:
(i) interfere with any person accessing, leaving, or attempting to access or leave, any
reproductive health clinic at which abortions are provided, or (ii) obstruct or block a footpath or road leading to any reproductive health clinic at which
abortions are provided.
In each case, the maximum penalty for the first offence is 50 penalty units (currently
$5,550) or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, and the maximum penalty for any second or subsequent offence is 100 penalty units (currently $11,000) or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.
(d) Proposed section 98D makes it an offence for a person who is in a safe access zone to
communicate in relation to abortions in a manner that is able to be seen or heard by a person accessing, leaving, attempting to access or leave, or inside, a reproductive health clinic at which abortions are provided and that is reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety to any such person. The maximum penalty for the first offence is 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, and the maximum penalty for any second or subsequent offence is 100 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.
(e) Proposed section 98E makes it an offence for a person to:
(i) intentionally capture visual data of another person, without that other person’s
consent, if that other person is in a safe access zone, or
(ii) publish or distribute a recording of another person without that other person’s
consent if the recording was made while that other person was in a safe access zone
and contains particulars likely to lead to the identification of that other person.
The maximum penalty for the first offence is 50 penalty units or imprisonment for
6 months, or both, and the maximum penalty for any second or subsequent offence is
100 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.
(f) Proposed section 98F provides that the proposed Part does not apply so as to prohibit
conduct occurring in or around a church or other building ordinarily used for religious
worship or outside Parliament House in Macquarie Street, Sydney or to prohibit the
carrying out of any survey or opinion poll by or with the authority of a candidate, or the
distribution of any handbill or leaflet by or with the authority of a candidate, during the
course of a Commonwealth, State or local government election, referendum or plebiscite.
The provision also provides that the proposed Part applies despite anything to the contrary in other statutory provisions about public assemblies or protests.” https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bill/files/3508/XN%20Public%20Health%20Amendment%20(Safe%20Access%20to%20Reproductive%20Health%20Clinics)%20Bill%202018.pdf
I wrote my local National Pary MP and here is his sad and shoddy response.
“This bill is a cross member bill, not a government bill and in recognition of the nature of this issue, government members will be free to exercise a conscience vote when it comes before the Legislative Assembly.
It is also important to consider the legal right individuals have in this state, and that is the right to free movement without fear of intimidation or harassment.”
Guess who will not get this vote next election! These politicians know that no one worth their salt would physically hinder or harm someone intent on killing their baby but rather seek to give counsel or pray with or for those going into these chambers of horror if given the opportunity.
It is disturbing to know that a member of the once conservative National Party is co-sponsoring such a bill. The National Party says on its own website:
“We believe in freedom of speech, movement and philosophy; freedom of religious activity, association and assembly; and equality and justice for all before the law.
We believe the family is the basis of a strong and stable society.” https://www.nswnationals.org.au/constitution/
Hypocrisy to say the least!