The WA government’s ‘Safe Access’ Bill will have a profoundly detrimental effect on the safety of distressed mothers, according to the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life, which is holding a large rally against abortion on June 16.

“The truth about abortion may be uncomfortable but the solution is not the criminalisation of communication about these matters,” said CDHL President Darryl Budge, who also represents FamilyVoice in WA.

“After helping a woman fleeing an abusive situation, a woman can be jailed and fined $12,000, due to this Bill, for having an abortion-related conversation in a 300-metre radius of an abortion facility,” said the father-of-two, who is co-chairing the annual Rally for Life at WA Parliament on June 16.

Mr Budge said that the bill dehumanises women’s independent capacity to protect themselves and their children from abuse at any point in their lives.

“It is distressing that a woman’s free choice to seek help during her pregnancy will be judged and barred by a court, not herself.

“In over 20 years, not a single vigil attendee has been arrested or moved on by police near an abortion clinic in WA.

“This unsafe bill is anti-woman and anti-child. It places women in harm’s way.”