This morning (Feb 16th 2013) at the Fertility Control Clinic a 40 Days for Life protester was displaying graphic images to every person who passed by on foot or in a vehicle. Patients entering the clinic found these to be so distressing that the clinic called for Police attendance, labelling the images obscene.
Police were unable to stop the woman displaying the images as she claimed to have authorisation from the courts. A compromise was reached whereby she would not display them to children or towards the road, while Police took photos of the images to verify her claims.
We do not intend to reproduce the images here but this image censored to remove the images shows how the woman displayed them to passers by.
Clinic staff despair at these protesters as they have to explain to their patients and families how they are allowed to inflict grief and shame. Sadly these religious bigots just don’t care for women.
With strength in numbers we can keep 40 Days for Life away from the clinic entrance.
Join us 9:30am every Saturday at 118 Wellington Parade East Melbourne.
The next 40 Days for Life Campaign runs from Wednesday 13th February to Sunday 24th March. For the duration of Lent anti-choicers will intimidate women at the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne and Dr Marie – Marie Stopes International in Croydon. This is despite accepting a “Statement of Peace“.
Campaign Director Fons Janssen states in an email dated January 11, 2013 that he has incorporated the ideals of 40 Days for Life in a new flyer:
To Fons a pregnant woman needs the protection of the father of her unborn child. As though a woman is incapable of making the right choice for her.
It clearly demonstrates the sexist patriarchal outlook of the anti-choicers. They don’t trust women.
Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights does trust women and defends their right to reproductive choice. To demonstrate that trust Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights will defend the clinic on the first morning on the 40 Days for Life. Join us.
40 Days for Life Clinic Defence
13th February 2013 7:30am – 9:00am Fertility Control Clinic 118 Wellington Parade East Melbourne
On this first morning of the the 40 Days for Life we will make it clear that a woman’s access to legal abortion is here to stay and that we are NEVER GOING BACK.