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Exclusion zones around WA reproductive health clinics

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The WA Government’s decision to privatise the management of the Midland Hospital to St John of God has resulted in their refusal to provide any reproductive health and family planning services.

Men and women wishing to access these services, which include contraceptive advice, vasectomy and termination of pregnancy, are forced to go to local clinics instead.

We are seeing an increase in protests and harassment of people accessing these clinics.

It is a legal right for women to access abortion and determine their own reproductive outcomes. The decision to terminate a pregnancy is a decision for the woman alone.

These protesters cause distress, intimidation and at times obstruct women accessing the clinics.

We call on the Barnett Government to to protect women by implementing exclusionary zones around reproductive health clinics.

Lisa Carey

National Coordinator

EMILY's List Australia

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