Reminiscence of a Veteran Pro-Lifer
Les Jones is a veteran pro-lifer with decades of experience. Here he shares some memories of activism at a former abortuary in Carlton, Melbourne.
Following the example and inspiration of people like Joan Andrews, Right to Life tried a few Operation Rescues in the late 80s.One was at the facility of Christine Healy in Swanston St, Carlton.About 12 people blocked the entrance, while others witnessed outside and did not break the law. I was one of the latter group that day.Those arrested were fined varying amounts, and accepted imprisonment for periods ranging from 12 hours to 6 days for a re offender.The magistrate also banned Right to Life from witnessing within 50 metres.The late Mary O’Connor, grandmother of Veronica Corboy’s husband, was in a waiting room several months later and admired a baby.The baby’s mother told Mary that she had gone to the facility that day, but changed her mind and kept the baby, a decision that she was grateful for.There is a young person walking around today as a result.We had similar witnesses outside abortuaries in Wellington Pde and St Kilda Rd. Because of the ruling of the magistrate mentioned above, the idea of rescues was abandoned: Right to Life did not want to cause problems to Richard and his team of HelpersChristine Healy moved to a new location near the University. We know of one baby saved through the witness of a young mother.
Christine Healey closed her Carlton abortuary in 2011, eventually abandoned her career as an abortionist, and is now an exhibiting artist. You can read a 2014 interview with Healey here: The Journey of Dr. Christine Healey in Medicine. From the article:
There were lots of challenges but I still consider the demonstrations by anti-abortion groups as the “biggest” challenge. These protestors made it difficult for persons to access my clinic. The Tasmanian government is the only government in Australia that has so called “access zone” legislation whereby persons entering clinics are legally protected from demonstrators. Obviously access zone legislation needs to be introduced and enforced in all Australian states and territories.
This quote contains a few falsehoods. For example, as Les Jones stated above, access to abortion facility entrances only occurred a few times, decades ago. In the years immediately prior to the introduction of exclusion-zones, aborting mothers weren’t hindered from entering facilities by pro-lifers. Additionally, we see the usual pro-abortion contradiction: promoting ‘choice’ by reducing choice.
‘Safe-access zones’ reduce options for aborting mothers. But they guarantee income for abortionists.
Finally, in a bizarre example of our culture’s love of death, Healey was given the honour of a medal of the Order of Australia in 2011. (Source here.)
For service to the community through family planning and women’s health. Private practitioner, Family Planning Centre Carlton, 1983-2011. Involved in educating doctors on Family Planning issues as a guest lecturer, Family Planning Victoria, for 10 years.
Call me cynical, but I fail to see how killing future generations of Australians benefits Australia. But such is life in the nihilistic 21st century.