Pro lifers launch a petition to support their right of free speech


An online petition has been launched by a pro life group asking the Thames Coromandel District Council to (TCDC) ensure the continued right of citizens to exercise free speech and free assembly.

For the last five years, Voice for Life (VFL) has been meeting for an hour on Friday morning outside the Thames Hospital when abortions are being performed.

They pray, and give witness to the right to life of unborn children.

They also want to express concern about the consequence of abortion for the mothers whom they see as second victims.

VFL has a permit for this activity from the Thames Coromandel District Council.

In August a group of Green Party/Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) members were issued with a permit to demonstrate at the same time and in the same location.

The permits allow holders to “peacefully demonstrate” at the specified time and place, provided the demonstration is at all times “non-violent and non-intrusive”.

On 6 October ALRANZ posted on it’s Facebook page that it has written to TCDC, “asking them to do their duty and enforce the conditions of VFL’s demonstration permit by withdrawing VFL’s permit.”

ALRANZ claims it has has honoured the conditions of its permit and accused the voice for Life of breaching them.

The pro abortion group say they will continue meeting until the pro-life group is closed down.

They are yet to receive a reply from the TCDC

Pro life groups  believes the Green Party is using this situation as a test case with the intention of seeking to having the law changed.

They say there is a plan to pass a law imposing a no protest zone around every hospital and clinic in New Zealand where abortions are taking place.


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