Dozens of cars, cyclists and even a few trams sounded their support for a woman’s right to reproductive choices demonstrating that Victorians in their majority support choice. As they drove into the Parliamentary car park, Victorian MPs saw women and men standing together supporting choice. Victoria Police had expected HOGPI to show up, providing half a dozen officers to keep an eye on proceedings. When it was clear they weren’t turning up with their banner the police departed and left us to continue our peaceful action.
The failure of HOGPI to show up (again) demonstrates how prochoice action is making a difference in Victoria. Their Rosary Parade has failed to turn up at the Fertility Control Clinic since October. As the bullies they are, when confronted, they hide away like cowards. Our presence keeps them from intimidating women accessing services at the clinic and gives a voice to the prochoice majority outside Parliament.
Our success requires your ongoing support.
We have two more clinic defences before Christmas. Fertility Control Clinic
118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 9:30am Saturday, 15 December Saturday, 22 December
Join us and keep those who seek to intimidate and harass women away from the clinic entrance.
On each Parliamentary sitting day (bar one) Helpers of God’s Precious Infants has protested at the entrance to the Victoria’s Parliament House car park as part of a concerted campaign to recriminalise abortion. They’ve displayed a banner marked with crosses, representing the number of abortions alleged to have occurred in Victoria in 2012. They claim that by the end of the year, the banner will extend the length of the street.
We plan to peacefully stand shoulder to shoulder on Macarthur Street to demonstrate that despite all their efforts, safe and legal abortion is here to stay.