Australian Abortion Business Objects to Nearby Child Care Center

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 30, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Australian Abortion Business Objects to Nearby Child Care Center

by Maria Gallagher Staff Writer
July 30, 2004

Washington, DC ( — In a move that pro-life activists say is clearly "anti-child," an Australian abortion center has objected to the opening of a child care center in its neighborhood.

Marie Stopes International Australia, which operates the Perth abortion business, says it’s wrong to establish a day care center near the abortion facility because the sight of children might upset patients.

In a complaint filed with the city of Swan, the abortion center’s operators said that the sight and sound of children playing on nearby property might cause emotional strain for women undergoing abortions.

The city’s mayor, Charlie Gregorini, told the Australian press, "The main reason (for the objection) was that their clients would be hopping out of their car to enter the back door of the clinic and would hear the voices of children and I guess they felt that was going to emotionally upset them."

Gregorini added that the council does not normally address such objections.

"But I could see the argument from all sides," Gregorini told an Australian reporter. "It would be an emotional situation for someone who’s decided to have an abortion and then the last thing they hear before they enter the clinic is the happy voices of children."

However, Gregorini noted that the application met all planning requirements, and that the government could not make a decision based on moral or emotional grounds.

The city helped to arrange a mediation meeting between the developers of the child care center and a representative from Marie Stopes International Australia.

The two sides agreed to erecting a brick fence between the properties in order to soothe tensions.

"They are now very happy to be neighbors," Gregorini told the Australian press.

Marie Stopes had also claimed that the weekly pro-life protests staged outside the abortion facility might upset the children at the day care center — a claim pro-life advocates deny.

Related web sites:
Australian Federation of Right to Life Associations –