Lawmakers in New Zealand are pushing legislation to protect abortion providers from the voices of dissent. The "Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill" was introduced by MP Louisa Wall, a member of the pro-abortion Labour Party.
The bill, "provides a regulation-making power to set up safe areas around specific abortion facilities on a case-by-case basis."
In practice, the bill would allow abortion centers to create buffer zones around their facilities that would push any pro-life counselors or protesters far from entrances.
The authors of the legislation say it would prevent the intimidation of those seeking to abort their child.
"[I]ntimidating, interfering with, or obstructing a protected person either with the intention of frustrating the purpose for which the protected person is in the safe area, or in a manner that an ordinary reasonable person would know would cause emotional distress to a protected person," is forbidden in the legislation.
The law would also forbid individuals from "communicating with" or recording someone in a way that causes emotional distress. The penalties would include arrest and fines up to $1,000.