Please oppose the Victorian Government’s proposed ban on free speech in the vicinity of abortion clinics.
The Victorian Government is shutting down free speech anywhere near an abortion clinic in Victoria in an extraordinary attack on free speech.
The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill has passed the Legislative Assembly. It provides for a jail term or fine for anyone who presents a pro-life message within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The debate moves to the Legislative Council on 24 November.
If the Bill passes the Legislative Council, not only will free speech be gagged, but also distributing a pamphlet suggesting that there might be an alternative to abortion could see you arrested.
On the other hand, an employee or contractor to the abortion clinic will be able to speak a pro-abortion message on the footpath under this Bill. This is viewpoint discrimination.
All of this from the Victorian Government who earlier this year repealed Victoria’s “move on” laws as an unfair restriction on free speech, with Attorney General Martin Pakula proclaiming that “Victoria doesn’t need Bjelke-Petersen-style laws designed to silence dissent and outlaw peaceful protests.”
The Government’s ban on free speech means that people who value the unborn will no longer be able to have a consensual conversation with a women in the vicinity of an abortion clinic to find out what is causing her to consider an abortion and to offer her support.
This attack on free speech must be stopped.