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.

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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.

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.

Rally for Abortion Rights

Keep Abortion Legal in Victoria!

On October 10, 2008, abortion was legalised in Victoria. In poll after poll,
Australians’ support for abortion has been consistently around 85 percent.
Those opposed to abortion have consistently polled at 6 percent or less*

That lack of support has not deterred those opposed to abortion rights.
On October 13 this year, a coalition aimed at recriminalising abortion in
Victoria plans to stage a “March for the Babies” as part of its campaign.

Join us on October 13.
Counter the March for the Babies call for recriminalisation.
Celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of this historic win for women.

2pm – Saturday 13th October 2012
Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

Defend the will of the majority and say loudly and clearly:
“We will not go back to the days of State control of women’s bodies.”
“Back to the Backyard — No Way!”

(*Victorian Law Reform Commission 2008: Law of Abortion: Final Report Chapter 4).

Make your Stand for Choice!

Join Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights (CWRR) for a Counter Protest against an ongoing anti-abortion protest at Parliament House.

13th September 2012 between 7:30am-9:30am
Macarthur Street, East Melbourne

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants have staged a protest at Victoria’s Parliament House on each Parliamentary sitting day – except one.  As planned on 14th August 2012 we turned up but they were absent.

So we’ll do it all again.  Join us on Macarthur Street, East Melbourne between 7:30am-9:30am.  Hold our “HONK IF UR PRO-CHOICE” signs – your own sign – or simply make your stand for choice.

With our presence and with each honk of a car horn, we will remind MPs that the vast majority of Victorians* believe in a woman’s right to choose.

“Separation of Church and State – Oh My God that would be great!”

They were missing but CWRR was there

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.

Do you want to be involved?  Let CWRR know.
  or Email: cwrr.justice@hotmail.com

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Update
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

Make your Stand for Choice

14th August 2012 between 7:30am-9:30am
Macarthur Street, East Melbourne

Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights (CWRR) is issuing a call out to mobilise a Counter Protest against an ongoing anti-abortion protest at Parliament House.

The campaign for access to safe and legal abortion continues as the rightwing minority push to overturn Victoria’s landmark 2008 Abortion reforms and recriminalise abortion.

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants are staging a protest at Victoria’s Parliament House on each Parliamentary sitting day from 7:30 am til 9:30 am. At the entrance to the MP’s car park they display a banner marked with crosses. Each cross supposedly representing an abortion that has occurred in Victoria in 2012. They claim that by the end of the year, the banner will extend the length of the street. By mid-April it extended this far:

On 14th August 2012 – the first sitting day of Parliament back from the Winter Recess – we would love to have volunteers standing on the opposite side of Macarthur Street, East Melbourne.  Hold our “HONK IF UR PRO-CHOICE” signs – your own sign – or simply make your stand for choice.

With our presence and with each honk of a car horn, we will remind MPs that the vast majority of Victorians* believe in a woman’s right to choose.  For the hundreds of Victorians passing by, we will give them the opportunity to show their support for women’s right and show them that a strong abortion rights movement is needed, which they can be a part of.

* Victorian Law Reform Commission 2008: Law of Abortion: Final Report Chapter 4

If you’re interested in joining us on 14th August 2012 between 7:30am-9:30am contact CWRR:
  or Email: cwrr.justice@hotmail.com

“Separation of Church and State – Oh My God that would be great!”