Right to Life has launched a petition to parliament, asking them to uphold our rights to free speech, free assembly and association, by rejecting the contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill by voting it down at its second reading in the House of Representatives.
Safe areas (safe zones) are defined as anywhere less than 150 metres from an abortion facility, where this law proposes that people will not be allowed to gather to express any opposition to abortion “in an intimidating manner”, or to contact or attempt to contact any women going into or out of an abortion clinic or facility, with the intention of preventing them from undergoing an abortion.
Demonstrations, or prayer vigils will therefore be prohibited by law, if they are held less than 150 metres from any clinic or hospital, if this law is passed.
The New Zealand Law Commission said “At this time the Commission does not see a strong case for this… (safe zones) The Commission sought input from health professional bodies, abortion service providers and health practitioners about safe access zones. The majority felt that safe access zones were not needed.”
The Commission was also mindful that safe zones would have to be considered for consistency with rights such as the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly & association in the Bill of Rights Act 1990.
Please sign our petition, with your name and e-mail address, by clicking on the link below, to go to the petitions page on the Parliament website. Click here for the petition, and tick the box for the privacy disclaimer, thank you for your support of our petition to Parliament on this important human rights issue.
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