Look Who’s Back

Look who’s back with an old lie to mislead the people of Victoria.

HOGPI 2013

Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants (HOGPI) have returned with a new banner more galling than before. Last year they greeted MPs arriving at the car park entrance to Parliament House with a banner marked with crosses to represent the number of abortions alleged to have occurred in Victoria in 2012. This year their banner displays Pink Ribbons, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness, and reads:

HOGPI Breast Cancer

HOGPI are also handing out a leaflet that reads:
Who is the single most important person protecting this woman from breast cancer?

…. her baby

Long before birth, her baby’s chemical signals began the process of breast growth and maturation that make breastfeeding possible. And it is only through a full-term pregnancy and lactation that a woman acquires her greatest protection against breast cancer.
Abortion prevents this, increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
www.bcpinstitute.org

The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute is an anti-choice (prolife) organisation started by well known proponents of discredited theories regarding abortion, the pill and their contributions to breast cancer.

Extensive and repeated studies have concluded time and time again that abortion does not cause or contribute to breast cancer.  This consensus is supported by major medical bodies including the World Health Organisation and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

It is indication of how desperate the anti-choice movement is that they keep pushing discredited theories as serious science. Their desperation is evident with every pink ribbon displayed on their banner. Every pink ribbon on that banner is an insult to the women and their families who have battled breast cancer.

Victorian woman deserve the truth and the truth is that HOGPI and others in the religious right are seeking to deny women choice through the misrepresentation of science.

Join with the Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights in sharing that truth and the battle to ensure that woman have access to safe and legal abortion.

When Bullies Come Out

What happens when the Fertility Control Clinic is undefended?  Bullies come out to play.

The Campaign for the Women’s Reproductive Rights (CWRR) has had great success at keeping the Rosary Procession away from the entrance to the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne.  For 7 years on the fourth Saturday of the month CWRR had kept the bigots to the other side of the road.  The Rosary Procession had not turned up at the clinic since October 2012 due to the presence of CWRR and the mass rally by Melbourne Feminist Action – until yesterday.

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Like cowards and bullies the Rosary Procession varied their regular schedule to march on the third Saturday of the month to avoid CWRR’s regular clinic defence on the fourth Saturday of the month.

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Rather than stay to the south side of Wellington Parade they crossed the road.

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They positioned themselves at the entrance of the Fertility Control Clinic to intimidate patients and their families.
The sight of four men bearing the Virgin Mary on a platform was the sight to confront anyone leaving the clinic.

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They flagrantly ignored the white line set by Melbourne City Council to keep the path clear and intimidated passers by.

During the time they spent in front of the clinic three patients were forced to leave by the rear entrance to avoid them.

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The Rosary Procession left after approximately an hour, but John Forster from 40 Days for Life stayed outside the clinic. Although the 40 Days for Life doesn’t begin until February 13th in his words “It’s never too early to advertise.”

It was the first time in seven years that the Rosary Procession stood on the clinic side of the road.  It shows how important it is that the clinic be defended by the prochoice majority. Together we can keep the antichoice minority away from the clinic entrance. When faced with the clinic defence the Rosary Procession has proven they avoid confrontation. Just like a bully.

Join us for the next CWRR Clinic Defence
9:30am – Saturday 26th January
118 Wellington Parade East Melbourne

#OurClinic #NeverGoingBack

The Bullies and Cowards No Show

On the last Parliamentary sitting day for 2012 only prochoice messages were seen by Victorian MPs.

Like the true bullies and cowards they are Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants (HOGPI) did not show up at Parliament this morning. This is despite pledging to be in attendance on each of the 70 sitting days of Victoria’s parliament this year.

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.
dec 13 aVictoria 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.

dec 13 bOur 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.

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