An Australian woman who has made it her life’s mission to save as many babies as she can from the cruel fate of abortion recently stood trial and was fined for simply offering help to women outside abortion clinics.
Kathy Clubb, a Victoria single mother with 13 children of her own, has been dedicating her time to trying to speak to women outside abortion clinics and offer them help and support. However, in the “People’s Republik of Victoria” as Aussie blogger Bill Muehlenberg calls it, this can actually be a crime.
“Victoria is clearly the most anti-Christian, secular left state in the nation, and those who dare to defy its evil decrees will be strongly punished,” writes Muehlenberg.
This is how it works: in countries like Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the US, abortion clinics are protected by legal “buffer” zones in which pro-life activists may not protest, pray, hold signs, or even offer help to women. How large these zones and what is prohibited in them varies within each country and state, but in Victoria, Australia, they are particularly large, and penalties especially severe.
Clubb was found guilty of violating this buffer zone outside a Victoria abortion clinic and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 AUD, which is $3923 US.
She writes, as quoted by Muehlenberg:
Today at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, I was found guilty of prohibited behavior within an abortion facility exclusion-zone. For the crime of offering help to women, I was fined $5000 – which is fortunately not the maximum penalty. Many thanks to everyone who has been praying for me and for my lawyers: your prayers are never wasted. We will continue to draw attention to this unjust law.
Kathy explains a bit more about how these laws work and why she was charged:
In August 2016, I was arrested for offering help to a couple outside a Melbourne abortion business. The arrest was made under Victoria’s Safe Access Zone Amendment. For the past 15 months, I’ve made many appearances in the Magistrate’s Court, and today, October 11th, the magistrate found me guilty. I’ve been fined $5000 for attempting to save a baby from being killed and for trying to save its parents from a lifetime of regret.
What are ‘safe-access’ zones?
‘Safe-access’ zones are found in several countries and are really exclusion zones – also known as buffer or bubble zones. They create spaces where pro-lifers are prohibited from witnessing publicly about abortion. The prohibited behavior may include silently praying, holding signs, conversing about abortion or approaching abortion-minded mothers. These zones usually take the form of a circle with an abortion facility in the center, although some are floating zones around the mothers themselves. The size of the zones varies in different parts of the world, with some as small as 6 meters. Two Australian states have the largest zones in the world: 150 meters. In Victoria, the penalties are particularly severe.
Who benefits from exclusion zones?
The main beneficiary from bubble zones is the abortionist. It’s not uncommon for women to choose life for their babies outside abortion facilities where life advocates gather, and this means lost revenue for abortionists. By enacting exclusion zones, abortion providers are more likely to be able to take the life of each child scheduled to be killed that day, which means more income. It’s simple math.
Who is harmed by exclusion zones?
Everyone is harmed by exclusion zones. Abortion providers and their staff have less chance of acknowledging the truth about their gruesome business and leaving the industry. Lawmakers and the general public have fewer opportunities to learn the truth about abortion, or even that a facility exists in their midst.
Experience has shown us that there are some mothers who will choose life at the eleventh hour, right outside the facility that is scheduled to kill their children. These mothers say things like: “If not for the pro-life advocates outside that abortion clinic that day and the advice they offered about other options, I would also have ended that pregnancy – and my beautiful daughter would not be here today.”
These distressed women need an offer of help at that crucial moment. ‘Safe-access’ zones deny these women that final choice. The opportunity for mothers to change their minds and accept help at the last moment is all but destroyed. Parents and partners also lose the ability to try and influence a mother to choose life for her child. More babies die and are lost to the world forever. Another facet of exclusion zone legislation is the infringement on our freedom of political communication and on religious freedom. These laws are totalitarian in nature.
The Spiritual Dimension
If you believe, as I do, that humans possess an immortal soul and can be guilty of very serious sin, then you’ll agree that exclusion zones decrease the chance for conversion and repentance from the grave sin of abortion.
In places without exclusion zones, mothers who leave an abortion facility after an abortion are sometimes met by pro-lifers who can offer them the hope of forgiveness, direct them to counseling or even affirm their dignity by simply make [sic] eye contact. Exclusion zones also take away that hope from post-abortive mothers.
Clubb says, “All I did was offer help to women outside an abortion facility. I was trying to save a baby and to save its parents from a lifetime of regret. I’m very concerned about the impact of this law on our freedom of political communication.”
Praise the Lord for this brave warrior for life! Please keep her and her family in prayer as well as all the hard-working pro-life activists in this Draconian state of Victoria and around the world.