The Australian government arrested anti-abortion protester Michelle Fraser last month over a shocking sign that she held up at a protest.
“One photo showed the head of a fetus on top of a $1 coin with the text ‘blood money’; the other showed a fetus next to part of a human finger with the text ‘This is your choice,’” reported BuzzFeed, adding that Fraser was convicted a year later and fined $600.
Martin Iles of the Australian Christian Lobby admitted the photos were shocking, but said they were necessary to prove a point.
“Sometimes the raw truth is the strongest political communication we can make, regardless of how shocking it is,” he wrote in a blog post after the court’s ruling last month. “Indeed, often it is in the very act of exposing horror that action is precipitated.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
He added that by upholding Fraser’s original 2014 conviction, the court in Victoria had essentially “banned images of dead fetuses,” thus making it impossible for activists to convey the truth of abortion to those ignorant of its true nature.
And by doing that, the court had essentially turned a blind eye to the lessons of history, for as noted by The Daily Wire contributor Amanda Prestigiacomo, “Throughout history, images which expose evil have been catalysts to stopping such evil.”
While the sign is no doubt shocking, Fraser didn’t deserve to be arrested for it and it demonstrates what little value free speech holds in Australia. By banning the image of a dead fetus, the Australian government is making it extremely difficult for pro-life individuals to express how wrong and dangerous abortions truly are.