Protests Outside Abortion Clinics - Constitutionally Protected Speech?

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Alternative Law Journal, 2016, 41 (1), pp. 8 - 12
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This article reviews the constitutionality of recently enacted Victorian (and comparable Australian) 'safe access zone legislation' insofar as the laws prohibit protests about abortions near clinics. The safe access zone laws prohibit anti-abortion protestors from: harassing people entering or leaving abortion clinics; engaging in other anti-abortion protest activities (in the case of Victoria, where this is reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety); and recording people entering or leaving abortion clinics. Similar safe access zone laws exist in Tasmania and comparable laws were recently passed in the Australian Capital Territory.
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