by NZ CATHOLIC staff
Voice for Life and Right to Life has formally asked the Ombudsman to investigate and seek evidence that people going to abortions clinics are being verbally abused and harassed.
In its 2014 annual report, the Abortion Supervisory Committee again complained of “harassment”, such as verbal abuse and offensive material given to people entering clinics and hospitals.
At four places, vigils are held outside hospitals on the day abortions are performed — Thames, Hastings, Dunedin and Invercargill.the committee for evidence but were declined on privacy grounds.
The organisations asked the committee for evidence but were declined on privacy grounds. The organisations said they then asked the Ombudsman to investigate and seek evidence.
“It turned out that the ‘harassment’ was verbally reported by clinic staff, sothere was no documented evidence. The presence of a peaceful prayer group was deemed to be harassment,”
All prayer groups denied engaging in verbal abuse, saying it was often the other way, from pro-abortion activists.
In Hastings, the vigil consists of three people.
That group said 29 women on their way to have abortions had stopped to talk and, as a result, kept their babies.