Prochoice Call to Action

Prochoice Call to Action – Melbourne

HoGPI_27:30am Tuesday 10th February
Parliament Car Park Entrance
Macarthur Street, East Melbourne

The Parliament of Victoria sits for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday. Welcoming MPs as they arrive at the Parliament car park will be the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (HOGPI). In recent years they have erected a banner along Macarthur Street. One year they added a cross for every abortion performed in Victoria throughout the year, and the next year they added a breast cancer awareness ribbon (claiming a link between abortion and breast cancer) for every abortion performed in Victoria.HOGPI 2013They will be back in 2015, supported by St Patrick’s Cathedral, Youth for Life and Rachel Carling-Jenkins MLC of the Democratic Labour Party. Carling-Jenkins has entered parliament promising to wind back the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, beginning with Section 8.

Victorians must take this opportunity to remind MPs that the majority of Victorians are prochoice and support the current laws.

Bring placards, banners, invite family and friends, make your voices heard and let the HOGPI know that we are #NEVERGOINGBACK

How to get there:
Exit Parliament Station at Macarthur Street exit and walk 100 metres north-east.
Catch the 11, 12 or 109 Tram to Parliament Station, Macarthur Street and walk 90 metres north-east.


Make your Stand for Choice

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.hogpi_21

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.

Join Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights (CWRR) on 13th December 2012 – the last sitting day of Parliament for 2012 – for a Counter Protest.

Make your Stand for Choicehonk-if-ur-pro-choice
Thursday 13th December 2012 – 7:30am-9:30am
Macarthur Street, East Melbourne

Hold our “HONK IF UR PRO-CHOICE” signs – hold your own sign – or simply make your stand for choice.

With each honk of a car horn our presence we will remind MPs that the vast majority of Victorians believe in a woman’s right to choose – and we’re Never Going Back!

Rally for Abortion Rights: Paisley Semrau

Last year I came here and talked about my abortion experience. I mentioned how I was turned away from a doctor when asking for information, and then when I searched the internet I found only pages telling me that I was going to end a life.

I brought this sign because in the year since I had that abortion, I realised that the only life that would have ended would have been my own, if I hadn’t had the right to choose.

I’m here today, and will be here every year, to show that I want to see an end to the anti-choice movement. These people harass women outside medical clinics, even going so far as murdering people. What’s more, they poison people’s minds.

I think most of us who have had, or considered an abortion have been disturbed in some way by anti-choice sentiment. When I was turned away by that doctor, I felt scared and alone. Many women are even psychologically tortured into feeling crippling regret for simply exercising their rights.

However, I don’t think that the extent of the damage caused by the ‘pro-life’ movement ends at harassment. It’s part of a bigger problem. To paraphrase Sister Joan Chittister, these people are not pro-life; they are pro-birth. They don’t care about whether a child is fed, loved, clothed, educated. It’s because this movement does not rally for the life of a foetus, it rallies against the rights of women.

This is a tactic of oppression.  It’s subtler than perhaps, using rape as a tool of war or mutilating the genitals of women, but it is part of the anti-woman agenda. Here in Australia, it is easy for these people to get away with preaching misogyny under the false pretence of religion. They are a vast minority, but hatred does not belong in our society in any concentration.

To show support for choice, as we are doing here and at the clinic defences, shows our strength and our determination to end women’s oppression, because if we can’t control our own bodies what strength can we have?

Thank you to all who came here today to support Victoria’s momentous abortion legislation, and the preservation of women’s right to choose.



Paisley Semrau is a 19 year old feminist activist who has a special interest in human rights

Response to Stephen Cauchi (SMH October 13 2012)

Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights is disappointed to see Stephen Cauchi’s reporting (SMH – October 13 2012) of yesterday’s rally which is unbalanced and factually incorrect.

Cauchi states that the “March for the Babies, was held to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act.”  It was Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights which commemorated the fourth anniversary. We even had cake. The March for the Babies was there to protest the anniversary as part of their campaign to recriminalise abortion.

Cauchi uses the terms “pro-life and pro-abortion”. We reject the term pro-abortion. We advocate choice for women and identify ourselves as pro-choice.
It appears that Cauchi was only too happy to repeat the language of Bernie Finn quoted as “He said the pro-abortion activists..”
Cauchi’s choice of language leads us to question whether his personal views have impeded his ability to report the rally accurately and fairly.

We note that the article is headed “Pro-choice activists disrupt anti-abortion march.” The sub-editor correctly identifies CWRR as pro-choice.

Cauchi uncritically reported Finn’s claim that the counter protest attendees were “of the Occupy Melbourne crowd”.  If Cauchi had bothered to check he would have discovered that the counter rally was endorsed by a wide variety of organisations and groups, and that while Global Noise was a vocal and welcome part of those gathered to defend women’s reproductive rights, the counter rally was attended by a diverse range of people, including many first time attendees of any such rally.

Cauchi at least sought Victoria Police numbers to counter Bernie Finn’s grossly overestimated numbers, but appears to have not sought or report Victoria Police numbers for the counter rally.  Our count had at least 240-250 attending.

That Cauchi has only sought and reported statements from the anti-choice protest is disappointing despite CWRR media contacts being available to him. In not seeking and reporting the pro-choice views of the rally Cauchi has presented an unbalanced and factually incorrect article.

We wonder if Cauchi has read The Sydney Morning Herald Code of Ethics recently, and whether he would reflect on them in relation to this article.

If Stephen Cauchi would like to contact us to seek further clarification or explanation he can do so. Email: