An anti-abortion protester has been caught on CCTV punching the partner of a woman who was inside the clinic.
The 21-year-old man is approached by members of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, outside the Surry Hills clinic, Nine News reported.
According to their Facebook page, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, are a group of people committed to ‘maintaining a loving and prayerful presence outside of the abortion mills, where God’s children are put to death.’
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An anti-abortion protester has been caught on CCTV punching the partner of a woman who was inside the clinic
The 21-year-old man is approached by Paul Hanrahan, the coordinator of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, outside the Surry Hills clinic
The coordinator of the group Paul Hanrahan is shown confronting the woman’s partner during the incident on January 30, 2016.
A few moments later the man is approached by the group before one of the members throws a punch at the young man.
The man who assaulted the woman’s partner was arrested but escaped conviction.
Mr Hanrahan told Nine News that the man was taunting the group with bad language and abuse and that this is the first incident in 24 years.
‘After 24 years of engaging in peaceful, prayerful vigils outside abortion clinics, you have one case,’ he said.
In a Facebook post, Mr Hanrahan said the group is always assaulted, abused and harassed for what they do.
The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 was introduced to NSW Parliament, and if it passes will see a 150 metre ban on protesters near abortion clinics.
The bill is expected to be discussed next Thursday.
On Facebook, Mr Hanrahan said the group is always assaulted, abused and harassed for what they do