Footage has been posted to Facebook of a woman harassing patients as they enter an abortion clinic.
Two videos were posted to advocacy group Young Queenslanders for the Right To Choose last Saturday.
In the first video the protester is seen approaching the doors of Options Clinic in Spring Hill waving a foetus sized doll and exclaiming ‘Medical facts say they have a heartbeat from 18 days, please don’t terminate your baby.’
The second video shows the religious picketer preaching to a patient.
‘God hates the hands that shed his blood,’ she tells the woman before she is interrupted.
‘Just shut up that is so traumatic. That is so f*cking traumatic.’
The woman tries assuring the patient that she wants to help her, before the patient interjects and tells her she doesn’t want her help.
‘That baby’s got a heartbeat love, please turn away, we can help you,’ she says, raising her voice.
The patient goes inside and the woman returns to her place on the sidewalk.
Before the video ends, she turns to the pro-choice volunteers and addresses them.
‘That baby’s got a heartbeat and what that is is murder, and you guys are standing, you will stand before God as murderers by supporting this horrific act.’
The religious picketer was seen holding a foetus-sized doll and exclaiming ‘God hates the hands that shed his blood’
This incident comes just days after New South Wales passed a legislation to enact safe-access zones around abortion clinics.
This legislation, introduced by Labor MP Penny Sharpe, was passed a week ago and protects patients from harassment and intimidation by protesters with 150 metre zones around the clinics.
Anti-abortion protesters that are caught intimidating staff or patients could be fined, or even jailed.
The pro-choice young advocacy group Young Queenslanders for the Right To Choose posted the video to Facebook in hopes to spread how traumatic the experience can be
Following New South Wales, Queensland is set to become the next state to legislate safe access zones.
Queenland’s Law Reform Commission is set to hand down a report into legislation within the next month.
Kate Marchesi, the volunteer who posted the video told Buzzfeed News that she wanted to show how traumatic the protesters could be.
‘The protesters outside the clinics regularly say that they are sidewalk counsellors who offer support, help and another option to women accessing abortion clinics, and in my experience attending these clinics as an escort this couldn’t be further from the truth.’