Australian state New South Wales (NSW) has passed a law establishing 150-meter “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. Protesters who intimidate or harass patients within 150 meters of the clinic could face jail time and other punishments. The bill also makes it illegal to film any person within the safe access zone without their consent. NSW is the fifth Australian jurisdiction to establish safe access zones and prohibit harassment of people seeking reproductive services. The bill’s passage marks an important stride toward reproductive freedom in Australia and a victory for reproductive health advocates around the globe. 

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