Ask your MP to support 'safe access zones'

Ask your MP to support 'safe access zones'

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Next week NSW Parliament will decide whether or not to legislate ‘safe access zone’ that would afford patients the privacy and dignity they deserve when accessing abortion services.

Those who oppose these protections are making a last ditch attempt to stop it by flooding MLAs with calls to oppose the change. We need to make sure all MPs know the majority of their constituents support voting yes. Can you take a minute to get in touch with your local representative to let them know you want them to vote yes to protecting patients from the gauntlet of abuse and harassment ...

Next week NSW Parliament will decide whether or not to legislate ‘safe access zone’ that would afford patients the privacy and dignity they deserve when accessing abortion services.

Those who oppose these protections are making a last ditch attempt to stop it by flooding MLAs with calls to oppose the change. We need to make sure all MPs know the majority of their constituents support voting yes. Can you take a minute to get in touch with your local representative to let them know you want them to vote yes to protecting patients from the gauntlet of abuse and harassment that can surround abortion clinics?

We can't let those who oppose this change have the loudest voice. We need to show as much support as possible before the final vote next Thursday.

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Call your state MLA

Your state MLAs need to hear this is an important issue to you. Call them today to let them know they have your support to vote to vote for safe access zones.

Click Call Tips for suggestions on what to say when you call.

 

 

There's no wrong way to go about it, but here are some helpful hints to give you a sense of how your call will go and some of the things you might like to say.

  • Ring ring - A staffer will answer the phone. If you don't get through straight away, wait a moment and then try again.
  • Introduce yourself - Who you are? Where you live? What do you do?
  • Explain the reason for your call - Tell the staffer ...

There's no wrong way to go about it, but here are some helpful hints to give you a sense of how your call will go and some of the things you might like to say.

  • Ring ring - A staffer will answer the phone. If you don't get through straight away, wait a moment and then try again.
  • Introduce yourself - Who you are? Where you live? What do you do?
  • Explain the reason for your call - Tell the staffer that you're calling to ask your elected representative to vote in favour of safe access zones in NSW.
  • Share your story - Explain why you're passionate about this. Have you, or someone you know, been affected by harassment outside of abortion clinics? Are you a medical professional or legal expert?
  • Ask for a committment - Ask the staffer if your elected representative will commit to voting in support of safe access zones. They may or may not commit, but this will send a clear message that you're serious about holding them to account.
  • Say thanks! - Thank them for taking the time to listen to you, and ask them to please pass your message onto your member.

What should you say?

  • The creation of safe access zones would afford patients the dignity and privacy they deserve. No one should be subject to abuse and harassment when trying to see their doctor.
  • Not only does the community support this legislation, it's also supported by key medical professionals and legal experts.
  • This is a matter of healthcare. Everyone has the right to access the healthcare they need in safety.
  • Strangers have no business telling a woman what they should do, when they have no understanding of what brought her to the clinic in the first place. This decison should remain between a patient and their doctor.
  • Safe Access Zones are already operating successfully in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

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