Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries

It is almost euphemistically called the Fertility Control Clinic. Most people know it as the East Melbourne Abortion Clinic. It is not only a place where women get pregnancy terminations. Here is a line from its website:

"the Fertility Control Clinic is the leading private provider of pregnancy termination, family planning and reproductive health."

Now I doubt anyone could argue that abortion is a desirable thing. It isn't, but the alternative can be worse.  You may have a different view to my own and you are entitled to it. For what it is worth, I think it should be available for the asking up to a mid period of pregnancy and later in some circumstances. Note I said I think, based on nothing really, except I believe it is the woman's right to choose. But I think there should be some rules in place, as there now are.

Some people seem to think getting pregnant and having a termination is a pleasant thing. I am quite sure it is not. No woman plans for this situation to happen. While for very few it may be no more than a long doctor's appointment, I would guess it is a very distressing and emotionally draining experience for the majority.

What women going through such a situation do not need is to be harassed by a motley crew of anti abortion protesters when they visit the clinic.  Here is a snip from the Herald Sun:

"The Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne says patients have been intimidated by protesters for decades, called murderers and whores and told they were going to hell as they tried to enter the clinic."

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Melbourne City Council and Victoria Police seemed to have no problem getting rid of the Occupy Melbourne protesters in the City Square during the global financial crisis, yet none have done anything about the abortion protesters. Protesters is a vague word in this case. They have been described as intimidating bullies.

Can you in your wildest dreams imagine this harassment happening if it was men in the same situation?

Well, finally the FCC is taking Supreme Court action against the council for failing to enforce laws that would move on the protesters.

 Gawd love 'em. No one else would.



29 comments:

  1. No, men would not be treated in this manner, particularly since the leaders of the protests are mostly men who see women as less than.

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    1. Rubye, they do seem to mostly men, and not particularly eloquent, however some of the women are good speakers. I think the group is mostly religion based rather that morally or ethically based, so they can be dismissed as cranks, but it doesn't reduce the stress visitors to the centre go through.

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  2. What a blast from the past :) I was the senior psychologist with Bertram Wainer for many years and did my master's degree on contraceptive decision-making in adolescent girls. Who knew that those anti-woman protesters were still around, eons after the Victorian law changed in 1969!!!! And in the same place, from the look of it.

    I got one of the anti-woman protesters to debate me on television once, rather than attacking vulnerable mothers with lots of babies. Her view was simple: "I was forced to go through a pregnancy and labour myself as a teenager, and they took my baby away. Why does this next generation of women think they can have sex and get away with it?"

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    1. Hels, Wainer should be a hero in this state. Is Jo still around? Yes, same place.

      There are some anti abortion women who argue their case very well, Babette Francis being one, who at least were prepared to put money where their mouths were and help single women with children. But such help always comes with strings attached. It is no one else's decision but the woman's.

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    2. Dear Babette, what an unusual name for an Indian woman. Of course your SIX children were no problem - your husband was a bloody QC earning $6000 a day. Try getting a sitter for 3 kids so you can leave the commission towers for an appointment to get a script. Try condoms when your husband is a drunken wifebasher. You silly unChristian woman.
      True Christian love from someone who knows a termination is easier than a relinquishment.

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    3. Anne, I knew Babette was Indian born and she was a comfortable woman who lived a good life from her husband's efforts, but how you filled in the gaps and added colour. I know roughly where she lives in Toorak. Great comment, thanks my love.

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  3. I'm stunned this is still happening. Quite right Andrew, if would be nice if the FCC could give council the finger.

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    1. Thanks FC. I thought you might write quite a long opinionated comment. I wouldn't mind.

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  4. I wish them luck. It is certainly about time. Here in Canberra there is a case before the tribunal about the whether a psychologist should be allowed to practise. Given that he stood for local government on the issue that homosexuality should be made illegal, and that discrimination against gays and transexual should be made legal I am surprised it is even a consideration. I will be watching with interest. I shudder to think of the harm he could cause.

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    1. I'm not aware of that case EC. I will check it out tomorrow. On the face of it, outrageous.

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  5. It's just a misguided minority trying to force their ideology on the majority. Don't these people have anything better to do? All in the name of religion. Don't get me started on that. I have difficulties listening to the Royal Commission into the kiddy-fiddler church day after day.

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    1. I am so with you Bill. But we have to remember there were and are people in religious orders who do some wonderful and selfless help for the disadvantaged, and are as devastated as everyone else is by the revelations. These are not the George Pells, the Mary McKillops or the Mother Theresas. Just people who we never hear about who care.

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  6. It's about time those protesters got moved on. A woman's decision has nothing at all to do with them.
    I'm in favour of abortion myself, there are so many differing circumstances where a woman sees a need to terminate, most of them legitimate.
    What I do object to are those who carelessly allow themselves to get pregnant time and time again and "just get an abortion". They take no responsibility for prevention at all, but don't want to have children.

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    1. River, do women really do that? Maybe some do, but I don't think many would be like that. Implant, pregnancy, abortion, repeat. Does anyone really choose to do that? Yes, people can be careless. It is human nature.

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  7. Forgot to say religion should keep their noses out of this issue too. Do the churches help with financial support for all the children born to mothers who don't abort because their religion says they mustn't? Of course not.
    And I fully support all women getting abortions when they've become pregnant by being raped.

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    1. Wrong River. Churches do help and at a terrible price in the past. Unmarried mothers were helped and treated appalling by churches.

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    2. Luckily I wasn't treated too badly but made to feel very guilty and worked hard.

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    3. Diane, as an educated young white woman with a family, maybe not as bad for you as fro some in far worse situations. I am not making light of your experience though.

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  8. What irks me the most is male protesters. Shame they are allowed to continue as if the woman doesn't feel bad enough.

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    1. Quite a disgrace really, Diane.

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    2. DB I just wish the callow inseminators were there telling those retarded demonstrators how relieved they are not to be responsible for that drunken one-night wonder. Condoms people! There are big bowls full of free ones in the foyer of every community health centre.
      oh wait, the Micks are against that too. they don't want anyone to have sex except their Fr. O'Buggery

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  9. You seriously have to wonder about these religious crazy people who stand and make judgements on women in situations they know absolutely nothing about, a huge percentage men.. now that's just wrong on so many levels.

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    1. Grace, they seem to have very high thoughts that they are right and everyone else is wrong. The world is worse off with such people.

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  10. p.s. brilliant title :)

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    1. Wish it was my original title, but it is not.

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  11. Surely we have come past this why do people who have strong views on what other people should do think they can make other peoples lives a misery because they do no think the same as them.
    It is not a protest about a injury done to them but about something they do not agree with often for religious reasons but it's all about power I think.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, it is power. Power to decide what is right for others. They don't have it, so the next best way is harassment.

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  12. I had a friend who worked here and she used to tell me about the daily harassment. Disgusting people.

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    1. Fen, yes also bad for the staff.

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