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19 August 2015



The Australian Christian Lobby today said the Sex Party’s abortion protest bill was a stunning act of hypocrisy from a party that presents itself as supporting free speech.



Today Sex Party MLC Fiona Patton introduced a bill into the Victorian Legislative Council that would see pro-life activists and counsellors imprisoned for up to twelve months for discussion abortion within 150 meters of any service that provides advice and other measures in respect of reproductive health. This would include, on her definition, GP clinics and pharmacies.



ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn called on the Government and Opposition to vote as one against the bill.



“This is a stunning act of hypocrisy,” Mr Flynn said.  “On any other day the Sex Party are at the extreme end of the free speech debate.”



“Today Fiona Patton has belled the cat.  She has outed herself and her party as only supporting the free speech of people who share their extreme views.”



Mr Flynn said it was alarming that the Sex Party wanted to see pro-life activists and counsellors imprisoned for up to twelve months for discussing abortion within 150 meters of any facility that even advises on reproductive health as well as abortion clinics.



“This bill represents a dangerous attack on free speech.  It should be dismissed out-of-hand by the government and opposition.”



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