Pro-choice rally open to everyone’s views

Liz Marmo, pictured at the Englehardt Street clinic, has organised a rally in Albury on Saturday. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Liz Marmo, pictured at the Englehardt Street clinic, has organised a rally in Albury on Saturday. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

A PRO-choice group will march from an Englehardt Street abortion clinic to QEII Square at midday on Saturday.

Rights to Privacy is aiming to push the Albury Council to act in establishing an exclusion zone around the clinic, despite the council already saying it was not within its power.

The group is inviting all of Albury’s councillors to speak at the rally, including Darren Cameron who is opposed to the zone.

NSW member for Albury Greg Aplin, federal member for Farrer Sussan Ley and a representative from the police will also be invited.

Organiser Liz Marmo said people from both sides of the debate were welcome to attend, including pro-life advocates surgeon Roland von Marburg and his wife, Anna.

“Anyone in the Albury region that holds an important position will be invited to speak,” she said.

“Anyone and everyone is welcome.”

Ms Marmo said the group was trying to come up with a compromise with pro-life protest group the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

She said they wanted the council to step in and solve the matter before someone was hurt.

“It’s plain and simple that everything that’s been put to these people, they’ve knocked back,” she said.

“They’re never going to go, because they’re never going to agree on anything.

“We know that, so the council needs to do something.”

Ms Marmo said the situation was getting out of control and unsafe for all involved, including the Helpers who were being abused by people driving past the clinic.

However, earlier this month, the council rejected a petition with 5500 signatures calling for action, saying it was a state issue.

“We are not happy the council has passed the buck on,” Ms Marmo said.

“They should be taking it to State Parliament. They should be taking it to Canberra.”

Ms Marmo said anyone who acts in an unacceptable manner at Saturday’s rally would be asked to leave.

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