Pro-abortion group to picnic at clinic


People from the 40 Days for Life and Prayer are based outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Midland until Easter. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d449781
People from the 40 Days for Life and Prayer are based outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Midland until Easter. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d449781

The group, led by Sarah Nielsen Harvey, has been trying to offer support to women in their choice as they enter the clinic which deals with reproductive and sexual health for women.

“I hope that by next year, we will either see a Safe Access Zones Bill in the Parliament, or at the very least, we shall be more organised in our counter-presence,” Ms Nielsen Harvey said.

“We have a right to abortion and ensuring safe access is absolutely necessary. The actions taken by the pro-life protestors is harmful to the mental and physical health of many, and it is this threat to public health that should be key in reform.”

A peaceful group of protestors from another group, called 40 Days for Life and Prayer has chosen the location for a morning vigil for 40 days until Easter for Lent.

Those protestors have been camped outside the clinic every morning since the protest started in February.

Spokeswoman Jo Cicchini said she and others offered support to women in their pro-life choices.

The State Government provided $1.2 million in funding for the facility at Marie Stopes to offer termination and other clinical services in February 2015.