Helpers of Gods Precious Infants advertised that they would be standing outside the car park entrance of Victoria’s Parliament on each sitting day this year holding their anti-choice mega-banner. At CWRR we thought it would be worthwhile to organise a counter demonstration on the first day parliamentary sitting back from the winter break to represent the pro-choice majority of Victorians. We organised, printed flyers, spread the word and were ready to go. There was just one thing we didn’t count on.
Helpers of Gods Precious Infants didn’t show up.
On the first parliamentary sitting day for seven weeks they were nowhere to be seen.
On the day of the newly elected MP for Melbourne’s Inaugural Speech they were absent.
So the pro-choice message had the undivided attention of parliamentarians and the busy traffic on Macarthur Street!
The responses were awesome: honks from cars (including some entering the Parliament House carpark), dings from trams, toots from bicycles and thumbs up from passersby.
New people joined us, and we handed out lots of leaflets for the Abortion Rights Rally on October 13th 2012.
Undoubtedly HOGPI will be back on future sitting days but for one day it was the prochoice message that was seen. This is important to counter the ongoing campaign to recriminalise abortion in Victoria.
Lifesitenews.com reported that:
“Although the pro-life vigilers have been present on each of the 27 sitting days of parliament so far this year, next Tuesday they have already made plans to be in Canberra for the National Marriage Day Rally.”
It’s curious that on the one day we were going to confront them they found an excuse not to be there. If however they did go to Canberra for the National marriage they were there to endorse comments such as this:
“I’m convinced that homosexuals (re)produces themselves by molesting children.”
– Pastor Peter Walker