Abortion protests outside Wellington Hospital
April 3, 2017
Battle lines have been drawn outside Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown during the annual anti-abortion protest.
Wellington High School Feminist Club members and supporters of 40 Days for Life are facing off outside the hospital on Riddiford Street until Easter, in an attempt to rally support for their cause.
The pro-choice supporters have large signs asking the public to “beep/honk for pro-choice”, while the 40 Days for Life anti-abortion group also have signs, but remain silent.
Club member Eloise Daysh said there had been a lot of hate aimed at the abortion clinic and many of the patients felt alienated. “We are here to show support for the patients at the abortion clinic. Women deserve the right to an accessible abortion.”
The club agreed that many women found it hard coping after an abortion and that they needed to educate others on this idea.
The students had taken part in many fundraisers for groups that raise awareness on how to manage and come to terms with an abortion.
Pro-life supporters Steve Caughley and Maria Hammond said they were showing their support for 40 Days for Life – a Christian outreach that focused on constant prayer and fasting with the intention of bringing a peaceful end to abortion.
The project had a worldwide scope and was also being undertaken in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.
“We’re searching how to face this issue with love,” Caughley said.
Caughley and Hammond said they were praying for society with the love and grace of God.
“We’re raising awareness that this is children. It’s [abortion] an ending of a life and we know it’s a life worthy of living,” Caughley said. “There is a future [in adoption] there is none in abortion,” Hammond said.
Capital and Coast District Health Board acting chief operating officer Carey Virtue said the protests would not impact on the services at the abortion clinic.
The protests will span the 40-day duration of Lent.
The Wellington High School students will be meeting on Riddiford Street every Wednesday and Friday from 3.40pm to 5pm.
The 40 Days for Life supporters will be there from 7am-7pm every day until Palm Sunday.