Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

RNAO submission to Bill 163, Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017

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Submission

We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 163, An Act to enact the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017 and to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in relation to abortion services.

Summary of RNAO Recommendations

Schedule 1

Recommendation 1. In Schedule 1 of Bill 163, amend section 3(1)(b) to include protected service provider.

Recommendation 2. Regulations for obtaining and/or extending the length of a safe access zone surrounding an abortion facility or clinic, or house of an individual providing or assisting in the provision of abortion services, must outline a clear and efficient process to ensure that safe access zones can be put into place in a timely manner.

Schedule 2

Recommendation 3. Develop structures and supports to enable timely, secure access to abortion services for those who require it, while maintaining the security of individuals and facilities.