The so-called Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants continue to harass and intimidate women seeking to access the Fertility Control Clinic on Englehardt Street in Albury.
But they don’t have the free reign they once enjoyed. The Albury Choice campaign is now into it’s third month, and the religious fundamentalists are starting to get frustrated.
Some of them are terribly nice, others not so. After an afternoon of hearing various HoGPIs tell women entering the clinic that they were killing their babies, I was told I was also a “baby murdering f-cking bitch”. – Kate
I witnessed one of their pamphetlers follow a young man out of the clinic and 200 metres down the street. – Kate
We continue to receive strong support from the wider community. Passers-by cheered the pro-choice gathering, told the religious fundamentalists to “go back to church”, and honked in support of the clinic defence.
On more than one occasion, the friends or family of people accessing the clinic came outside to thank the clinic defenders for their work. Moments like these make the day worthwhile.
I have no doubt that next Thursday the religious fundamentalists of HoGPI will be back. They will setup outside the clinic, with their posters purporting to show foetuses, handing out disgusting and misleading pamphlets, whilst trying to stop, obstruct and harass women accessing the clinic.
But they wont succeed. Because we will stand between them and the people they try and harass, we will block any cameras they setup, and we’ll hold banners in front of graphic signage. If you have an hour free on Thursday, why not join us? Come down to Englehardt St any time between 10am and 3pm, and see how religious fundamentalists continue to assault the rights of women.