WCHM and SHFPACT
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Protect our rights to privacy and safe access to reproductive health services in the ACT
We are writing to show our support and ask that you also support the creation of privacy zones around termination of pregnancy services in the ACT. The rights that we have to access termination of pregnancy services in privacy and without harassment, intimidation or humiliation need to be weighed against the right that we have to freedom of expression. We believe that privacy zones, such as those proposed by ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury in the Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015, successfully balances the interests of all community members, because a protestor’s conduct can only be limited to the extent necessary to protect an individual’s rights to privacy and safe access to health services. There are many spaces in Canberra where people can protest lawfully. Protesting immediately outside a health facility is insensitive and inappropriate. Establishing privacy zones outside these facilities would provide the reassurance and security that women, their families and healthcare staff need. We urge you to make representations in support of this issue and to vote for the creation of privacy zones around termination of pregnancy services in the Assembly when the opportunity presents.