Advocates for women's rights are celebrating an historic vote in NSW Parliament that will introduce safe access zones around abortion clinics.
The legislation will provide a 150m exclusion zone around clinics and make it illegal to harass patients or staff.
The conscience vote concluded on Thursday night 61 to 18 in favour of the bill which will see the Public Health Act amended.
Mary O'Sullivan from the Women's Electoral Lobby said it represented a "great moment in the history of NSW and the history of the NSW Parliament".
"It means that women … can contemplate going to a facility without having to factor in their minds running the gauntlet to get in," she said.
I cannot support a bill that does not properly distinguish between the freedom of sharing of information and harassment...
Labor MP Penny Sharpe, who introduced the bill, posted an image on Twitter following the vote: "NSW says yes to safe access zones. Thank you NSW parliament. We did it!"
Members of parliament opposed to the bill centred their arguments on the consequence for free speech.
The Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, said: "I cannot support a bill that does not properly distinguish between the freedom of sharing of information and harassment, and a bill that will set a precedent of one set of rules for some people and another set of rules for others."
Pro-life protesters gathered in front of parliament house on Thursday ahead of the vote. Carolyn O'Loughlin was the sole remaining protester by mid afternoon.
"I'm not going to give up. It's a privilege to be able to speak for these little ones who can't speak for themselves yet; as well as being a free speech issue, it's a religious issue," she said.
The bill brings NSW in line with Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and Northern Territory, who all have laws protecting staff and patients from harassment in the vicinity of abortion clinics.