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November 3rd 2018


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COVER STORY What religious freedoms does the Government propose removing?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Regions are in no state to accommodate immigrants

CANBERRA OBSERVED Wentworth swing least of Morrison's worries

CLIMATE CHANGE Good science contradicts IPCC's two-degree panic

GENDER POLITICS Inquiry needed into why so many kids are identifying as transgender

LIFE ISSUES Truth the first casualty of Victorian bubble-zone law

LIFE ISSUES Culture of death lands killer blow on Queensland

FOREIGN AFFAIRS High stakes in U.S. midterm elections

FREE SPEECH Are university chiefs growing backbones?

HISTORY Chicago: City of the Big Shoulders

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EUTHANASIA Making death easier makes life harder

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LIFE ISSUES
Truth the first casualty of Victorian bubble-zone law


by Marcus L'Estrange

News Weekly, November 3, 2018

At the beginning of 2015, the Victorian ALP Government rightly removed the Coalition’s “move on” laws from the statute book. Rightly so, as the laws were intended really to prevent unions protesting. The laws were seen as an unfair restriction on free speech.

At the time, Attorney-General Martin Pakula proclaimed: “Victoria doesn’t need Bjelke-Petersen-style laws designed to silence dissent and outlaw peaceful protests.”

Yet, by year’s end, Victorian Labor had done a total backflip, with its MPs denied a free vote and totally under the thumb of Emily’s List. Why not a conscience vote? After all, the issue, as in 2008, was about abortion on demand and not about a mother’s health.

The Orwellian entitled bill, The Public Health (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2015, created 150-metre zones around facilities that provide abortions on demand (abortions for non-medical reasons), making it unlawful to engage in acts within the zones that may cause anxiety or distress to mothers and others entering or leaving the premises. It came into effect in May 2016. Nowhere in the world has an extreme exclusion zone of 150 metres has been imposed.

The Victorian Parliament has made offers of charity (for example, finance) criminal acts and voted effectively to try and end the ability of pro-lifers to offer help to mothers entering or leaving abortion clinics.

Proponents of the bill presented false charges against the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (a group that prays and offers help outside abortion clinics), claiming they harass and intimidate women. In reality, the Helpers pray for the mothers and babies, while one or two experienced life advocates offer help to the mothers entering the premises, speaking quietly and compassionately to interested mothers.

The principal venue in Melbourne where the alleged harassment is supposed to happen is the Fertility Control Clinic (FCC) in Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. The Helpers have been there for 23 years. Since 1972 over 300,000 young Australians, or 20 plus per day, have had their lives cruelly terminated at this abortion clinic alone. A massacre of stunning proportions.

Over the years, I have been there many times, and have never witnessed any harassment or intimidation. If such behaviour occurred (and the people making the charges allege it has been the norm for over 23 years), there would have been many court convictions. In fact there have been none. Repeat: none.

Not only this, the abortion clinic has refused many suggestions to install CCTV equipment to capture any claimed activity. Why? Because there is no adverse activity to capture.

We learned that there is a “Safe Street” camera on the light pole on the opposite, MCG side, of the road from the FCC and these images are available to Victoria Police.

In 2015, the Helpers were denounced in the media by the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. He said that we were “vile” and “gaming the system”, insinuating that we would only behave ourselves when council officers came down to check on us. Seems he could have checked his camera and shown our claimed misbehaviour to the news. Why didn’t he? Because there is nothing adverse to show.

In the parliamentary debates, the Helpers were maligned, being accused of behaviour they never indulge in, without any evidence being produced to support the charges. Yes, I am aware of the gun incident many years ago, but this had nothing, repeat nothing, to do with the Helpers.

Comment from senior police is that our actions over the past two decades have been carried out lawfully when it was acknowledged that the disputes between the abortion business and the Helpers has bubbled on for many years without requiring police intervention. So we know that the exclusion-zone law came about because those who support and profit from abortion had not been able to find us guilty and needed to move the goal posts.

This legislation was based on lies and driven by the profitable Fertility Control Clinic. Abortion kills preborn babies in a very cruel and painful way. The UN Rights of the Child Convention states: “The child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” Why are many MPs, the abortion clinics and the bulk of the media opposed to the UN Rights of the Child?

The key reasons for prayer vigils outside abortion clinics:

1. “Thou shall not kill” should apply to everyone, everywhere. Why should abortionists be exempt from this? Why should they be allowed cruelly to dismember babies? This is a war against the child.

2. Quiet, prayerful help at a chamber of death or praying the dying into death, such as at an abortion clinics, has always been part of Catholic tradition. The Helpers show nothing but love for the mother in her situation of need. In Sydney, the Helpers have saved well over 1,000 lives, in Melbourne 300 plus. Not one mother has regretted changing her mind – but would not have done so without visible evidence of prayerful people offering an alternative near the clinic.

3. We don’t see only a mother walking past to have a so-called “medical procedure”, but we know that a second life is also passing us by, and that this moment is that unborn person’s last chance to “make it” here on earth.

4. Not every abortion client is firm in her decision, knows the consequences of abortion on demand or has the necessary support to continue the pregnancy. Contrary to the breathtaking lies told by the FCC that were the matrix on which the gag legislation was woven, the Helpers endure abuse, intimidation, threats and assaults while praying for all the mothers and the unfortunate souls within the abortion business.

5. Post-abortive mothers commonly lament in public forums that if only there had been someone outside the clinic to offer them help, they would not have gone ahead with the abortion. The Helpers are not so stupid as to exert pressure when offering help to mothers who are not interested. But the Helpers must make the offer to many abortion clinic customers because we don’t know who is ambivalent until we speak to them. Much like an election leaflet handout outside a polling booth.

How do we begin to have a respectful conversation about abortion when most MPs won’t talk to us? Perhaps it is all too hard, too confronting. Besides, “I (Labor MP) might lose my pre-selection if I go against Emily’s List.”

There must be room for a mainstream and adult conversation about those precious creatures, the unborn, tens of thousands of whom disappear without trace each year, some who are beyond four months in gestation. Not to mention the targeting of those with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Is no one allowed even to suggest that the pro-choice argument might be wrong or contradictory?

Greens Bob Brown was arrested in ‘exclusion zone’

Former Greens leader Bob Brown was arrested on January 25, 2016, after protesting against logging (The Mercury). He had been in an exclusion zone at Lapoinya in northwest Tasmania, and failed to comply with a police order to move on. He faced a fine of up to $10,000 and appealed to the High Court. In October 2017, the High Court largely decided in his favour.

Bob Brown defended his action: “It’s justified and compelling that we make this stand, otherwise we’re in a country where we’re going to see the serial prohibition on people simply expressing their beliefs in the democratic system.”

The claim by the Fertility Control Clinic that the Helpers “spout frightening mistruths” is also untrue. The brochures and information we offer to mothers are factual, covering fetal development and the physical and psychological complications of abortion on demand.

The FCC East Melbourne patient information pamphlet claims that abortion on demand is a “safe procedure”. Abortion on demand is anything but safe for the child. The child dies, cruelly and painfully. Abortion is also harmful for the mother. Studies have shown that a high percentage of mothers who have had abortions suffer varying levels of post-abortion grief and trauma at some stage of their lives. In her book, the late Charlotte Dawson said that, following her abortion, “I felt a shift, maybe it was hormonal, but I felt the early tinges of what I can now identify as my first experience with depression”.

Regarding the people who pray and offer help outside abortion on demand facilities, no case was made that their behaviour is objectively wrong. Instead, the Victorian Parliament decision was based on false charges and the law is worded in a way that makes the subjective judgement of individuals the criterion to be used in deciding whether actions are criminal.

Sex Party members can gather and protest anywhere they like so long as it’s about sex. Why? Because it’s not about abortion on demand!




























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