MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

first_imgRadio NZ News 11 March 2020Family First Comment: “In a confused vote in Parliament, MPs have done away with all sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe areas’ possible outside clinics.”Whoops! The bill had its second reading in Parliament last night, in which possible changes were debated and voted on ahead of the third and final reading.ACT leader David Seymour’s proposal was voted for in two parts – the first, to have the definition of Safe Zones removed from the bill, was narrowly voted down 59 votes to 56.However, MPs seemed unprepared for a second vote on the substance of his changes – doing away with all the provisions that would put safe zones in place.Up for debate were 150-metre safe zones that could be established around abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis, to prohibit intimidating or interfering behaviour.That second vote was on removing all the legal provisions for safe zones, including the ways in which the police could administer them so as to protect women from harassment as they sought abortions.That vote, to delete sections 15 through 17 of the bill, was taken in a voice vote only, and it passed – rendering the definition of ‘safe area’ redundant in the law.Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley passed it on a verbal vote.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/411409/mps-vote-to-remove-abortion-clinic-safe-zones-from-billAndrew Little will not try to re-insert ‘safe zones’ into abortion bill after procedural snafuStuff co.nz 11 March 2020Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a procedural snafu saw them removed on Tuesday night.The proposed safe zones would set up a regime where protest and harassment of those seeking abortions could be barred within 150 metres of clinics.But some MPs are against the safe zones on free speech grounds, including several who support the wider abortion legalisation bill.Abortion is generally treated as a “conscience issue” – meaning MPs can vote freely of their parties, which can make things much more chaotic.On a late night sitting on Tuesday night those against the safe zones actually lost their first attempt to remove them, when an amendment deleting the definition of safe zones lost 59 votes to 56.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/120177061/andrew-little-will-not-try-to-reinsert-safe-zones-into-abortion-bill-after-procedural-snafulast_img read more

Unbeaten Leicester hit back for Stoke draw

first_img The Foxes went into this game second in the table and with their boss Claudio Ranieri having promised to buy them pizza if they kept the first clean sheet of their impressive campaign. They showed little appetite for that in a poor first-half performance before once again producing a comeback to salvage something from the game – just as they have done in their last three league fixtures. Stoke, meanwhile, must reflect on a great opportunity missed to get a monkey off their back as they remain winless and in the relegation zone. They had settled into the game quickly and went 1-0 up when Marko Arnautovic deftly turned away from Ritchie De Laet on the left flank, cut inside and delivered a wonderful through ball for Bojan. The Spaniard stroked home his first goal of the season gleefully, his celebration showing his relief at being back on the scoresheet after the nightmare he has endured since sustaining a serious knee injury in January. Soon after, Stoke had another goal. Ex-Potters man Robert Huth allowed Jack Butland’s long kick upfield to bounce past him and Morgan then made a complete hash of an attempt to play the ball back to his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Walters, who had dashed past Huth, seized on the loose ball and side-footed in – a moment for him to savour, coming on his return to the matchday squad after a second bid for him from Norwich was rejected. Stoke were almost in again as Walters and Marco van Ginkel just failed to touch in a Geoff Cameron cross, before Butland produced a great save to turn N’Golo Kante’s shot around the post. High-flying Leicester maintained their unbeaten start to the season as a second-half fightback secured them a 2-2 draw at Stoke, denying the Potters their first 2015-16 Barclays Premier League win. Things suddenly became less comfortable for Stoke shortly after the restart as Arnautovic bundled over Danny Drinkwater and Mahrez fired in the resulting penalty, his fifth goal of the season. The in-form Butland then pulled off another fine stop to keep out Vardy’s shot before Xherdan Shaqiri fired across Schmeichel’s goal. Vardy then drew things level with his fourth goal of the season, holding off Erik Pieters and scuffing a shot beyond Butland. Stoke threatened again as Cameron headed wide and Schmiechel kept out a Shaqiri free-kick. Vardy then almost won it at the death but his shot went narrowly wide. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Is this really happening again? Leicester 2 down at halftime are back on level terms.” – Gary Lineker, as always, is left surprised by Leicester, one way or another. PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 8 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Wilson: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Xherdan Shaqiri: 6 Bojan Krkic: 7 Jonathan Walters: 6 Subs Peter Crouch: 6 Stephen Ireland: 6 Peter Odemwingie: 6 Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Ritchie De Laet: 6 Robert Huth: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Jeff Schlupp: 6 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 6 Gokhan Inler: 5 Riyad Mahrez: 7 Jamie Vardy: 8 Shinji Okazaki: 6 Subs Marc Albrighton: 6 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Andy King: 6 STAR PLAYER Jamie Vardy: The England forward continues to impress. Was a key man in Leicester’s second-half comeback, and almost added to his equaliser with a late winner, shooting just wide. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Bojan Krkic: Hands on head and smiling broadly, the playmaker had a look of pure joy – mixed with a fair degree of relief – as he celebrated after scoring. Will be hoping his injury problems are now well and truly behind him. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Stoke boss Mark Hughes appeared furious at his team not getting a free-kick in the build-up to Leicester’s leveller, but will surely be most livid at the Potters throwing away the opportunity to chalk up their first league win of 2015-16. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, while pleased to come away with a point and keep the momentum going, may be annoyed that again his men had to come from behind to get a result. A consolation on that front is that he will not have to act on his pre-match promise of buying his players pizza if they kept a clean sheet. MOAN OF THE MATCH Leicester are yet to register a shut-out this term and had the added incentive going into this contest of the reward of food – but you would not know it judging by the way Robert Huth, a former Stoke player no less, and Foxes captain Wes Morgan conducted themselves in the build-up to Stoke’s second goal. Sloppy. WHO’S UP NEXT Fulham v Stoke (Capital One Cup, September 22) Leicester v West Ham (Capital One Cup, September 22) The hosts had been firmly in control, taking the lead in the 13th minute when the fit-again Bojan Krkic – making his first league start in eight months – slotted home, before Jonathan Walters pounced on a Wes Morgan error to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. But Leicester reduced the deficit in the 51st minute through Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Jamie Vardy then notched the equaliser in the 69th. Press Associationlast_img read more

Canaries boss Alex Neil set to ring the changes for Toffees trip

first_img Press Association Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by West Brom was the club’s third in succession, in a run of conceding nine goals in three games, and Neil plans to experiment with his starting XI in his attempts to improve the Canaries’ disappointing recent form. Striker Dieumerci Mbokani remains a doubt, owing to illness, but midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is among those expected to return. “I don’t think it will be wholesale changes,” said Neil, 34. “There’ll be a few. I’ll give guys an opportunity who have trained well and deserve a chance. “You have to make sure the guys are not thrown together, you have to give them an opportunity. At the weekend (defender) Ryan Bennett came in after not featuring so there are definitely places up for grabs. That is not a secret and the squad are fully aware of that. “Results haven’t been as good as we would expect so some of the other lads will get an opportunity and we’ll see what happens from there. “Dieumerci Mbokani has picked up a little bug, flu-type thing, so he has to shake that off but other than that the rest of the squad is fine. Potentially that could rule him out but we’ll see how he recovers from it. “(Youssouf Mulumbu) comes into my thoughts for Everton, along with the rest of the first-team squad. There are guys we need to get minutes because they might be required. “The league is our bread and butter. That is the most important thing for us this year. We want to do well in the cup but if you are prioritising then the league is most important. “I have got to have one eye on that (Saturday’s visit to Manchester City). We’ll give it our all but I need to balance it off to make sure we are fresh. “Not for a second is it a case I could do without this fixture because I can give players a game. The lads not playing are just as important to me as the ones who are because you never know in a week or two they might be the ones called upon, so it is crucial.” center_img Norwich are to give opportunities to several fringe players in Tuesday evening’s Capital One Cup fourth-round fixture at Everton, manager Alex Neil has revealed.last_img read more