Describing people who pray outside abortion clinics as ‘picketers’ is fake news, said Peter Abetz, WA State Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.  He was responding to claims made by a spokeswoman from an abortion clinic.  “The police permit that allows the vigil requires participants to be 4 metres from the edge of the driveway that leads into the abortion clinic car park,” Mr Abetz said.  “Misrepresenting what the prayer vigil groups do is part of the abortion industry’s propaganda campaign to pressure the state government to introduce their unnecessary exclusion zone legislation.”  “In WA, vegan activists can demonstrate outside restaurants and intimidate diners and workers without a permit. Yet activists want to ban groups praying outside abortion clinics.

As to the claim that police had been called to the clinic, Mr Abetz said the most recent call to police from an abortion clinic that he was aware of, arose in dubious circumstances.  An abortion clinic staff member allegedly stopped their car in the driveway of the clinic, calling out to one of the participants and asked for an information pack.  The group makes these packs available to anyone on request.  A group member walked up to the staff member’s car and gave them the pack.  “The clinic then allegedly called police on the basis that the vigil participant had violated the 4-metre exclusion zone!  The Australian Christian Lobby opposes exclusion zones around clinics as there is no evidence for their necessity.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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