One of the two students, who has since complained to the police, recently wrote this letter to the Border Mail, it was not published.
I’ve seen a copy of the statement one of the students made to Police, and I am not surprised that this student is VERY angry at the intimidating and harassing conduct of the ‘Helpers’ and Phil Murphy.
Harrassment, lies and videotaping in the name of the ‘precious infants.’
I am one of the medical students who lodged a complaint with police against two individuals who approached me on the property of the Englehardt St. clinic during my clinical placement and persistently harassed me with their agenda after I repeatedly told them they should leave me alone. The story Mr Phil Murphy told to the Border Mail of his group videotaping me approaching them to ask for pamphlets is blatantly untrue and sheds new light on the extent of unethical behaviour the protestors are capable of going to for the sake of their ideology.
Both the women attending these clinics and doctors and staff have a right to privacy and should not be intercepted and filmed when entering and exiting the clinic. The protestors who stand across the road making a social event of the day with their children are also infringing on women’s ability to have their medical appointments remain confidential. Indeed the protestors perpetual presence outside the clinic during the work day makes one curious how they might feel if someone invaded their privacy, filmed them and perhaps sent some of their names to Centrelink?
Mr Murphy may believe the inappropriate behaviour of his group outside the clinic is ‘protecting the rights of unborn children.’ However, the last time I checked 1st trimester foetuses have no enforceable human rights in our country. If the group takes issue with this fact they are certainly free to take their message to a more appropriate location and audience. Or better still, maybe they should consider taking their children to live in countries like Iran or Iraq where the local laws may be more conducive to their beliefs.