Protest: Back to the backyard? NO WAY!

Protest: ‘Abortion is a Woman’s Right to Choose’

protest - abortion is a woman's right to choose

Sat March 13, 12 noon
Outside Parliament House, George St

A Cairns woman is facing the prospect of 7 years prison on charges brought under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws. The Bligh government refuses to repeal the anti-abortion laws – allowing the agenda to be set by the anti-abortion minority who are fighting to turn the clock back to days of backyard abortion. The anti-abortion movement feign concern for women’s welfare, but nothing could be further from the truth. Their real goal is to deny women one of the single most fundamental human rights: the right to control their own bodies.

On March 13, the anti-abortion group "Cherish Life" will hold a rally and the pro-choice campaign will be there to meet them. Stand with the pro-choice majority! Take a stand against sexism and bigotry! Stand against those who would force us back to the backyard! Join the protest!

Each year around the world at least 70 000 women die because they cannot access safe, legal abortion.

"Right to life": your name’s a lie – you don’t care if women die!

Click here to join the Facebook event (don’t forget to invite your friends)

Pro-Choice Action Collective
Drop the abortion charges! Repeal all anti-abortion laws! For free, safe, accessible abortion on demand!
Phone: 0400 720 757 (Kathy), 0422 763 225 (Emma)
Facebook: search for “Pro-Choice Action Collective”
Email: prochoiceaction@gmail.com
http://www.prochoiceactionqld.org

2 thoughts on “Protest: Back to the backyard? NO WAY!

  1. Kathy Newnam says:

    Kathy

    Back to the backyard? NO WAY!
    [13 Mar 2010]

    A very lively protest was held today against an anti-abortion rally in town. There was about 70 of us over the four hour protest. Everyone kept chanting and speaking out for duration of the protest, even as the massive PA at the anti-abortion rally tried to drown us out with their Christian rock band. Lots of hoarse voices tonight!

    We gathered at Parliament and marched to Queens Park where the anti-abortion rally was held. We spoke out against the abortion charges against the Cairns couple. We spoke out against the attacks on our rights to access abortion. We stood in solidarity with our sisters here and around the world who cannot access safe abortion. Usually we hold a minute silence to remember our sisters who have died because they could not access safe abortion – but in the face of the bigotry from the anti-abortion rally, we held a minutes noise instead. Loud.

    The anti-abortion rally was about 500-600 people. Last year it was 1000 and they were hoping for 2000 this year. The “Democratic Labour Party” thugs stood at the entrance of the rally.

    The cops came out to defend the anti-abortion bigots. They threatened to arrest people for ‘public nuisance’ for using megaphones. When we started marching around the park, they very aggressively stopped us – arresting one person violently and punching another in the face. Everyone was OK, even those who are a little bruised. All were disgusted and outraged at the police violence against a peaceful demonstration.

    Quite a few people joined in the protest. We got a lot of support from passers-by, including on our march to the watch house afterward, where we waited for our comrade who’d been arrested to be released. We waited about two hours (we ate food and played cards on the pavement while we waited).

    Today we resisted. We were loud. We were determined. We held our ground in the face of the attempts to silence and intimidate us.

    Not the church, not the state – women will decide their fate.

    [Kathy is a founding member of Brisbane Pro-Choice Action Collective]

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