Australia: Over 100 pro-life activists rally against abortion law in Melbourne

Over one hundred anti-abortionists marched on the streets of downtown Melbourne on Saturday afternoon to protest the Government of Victoria's current abortion legislation. The march ended in front of Melbourne's Parliament House, where speeches from pro-life advocates from around the country took place. «For a society that prides itself on inclusiveness and diversity, prematurely ending the life of a tiny baby simply because he has Down's Syndrome is abhorrent,» said Youth for Life representative Rebecca Gosper. The protest, named 'March for the Babies', has taken place annually since the Abortion Law Reform Act was passed in 2008. Under the Act, a woman is permitted to have an abortion up to a gestational limit of 24 weeks and possibly longer if approved by two medical practitioners. As with previous years, the pro-life march was met with pro-choice demonstrators. The counter-protesters gathered to where police officers were standing outside the parliament building, chanting «Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide.»

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