A local pro-life activist has revealed she was the target of extreme online bullying just days before the NSW abortion bill was tabled in Parliament. Director of LifeChoice Australia Rebecca Gosper told supporters at the annual March for Babies in Melbourne on 12 October that an image of her face was photo-shopped onto pornographic images and spread online with links to her personal Facebook page and the organisation’s website.
NSW police, who have been investigating the attacks, have contacted US authorities seeking help due to the extreme and explicit nature of the abuse towards the high-profile pro-lifer.
Ms Gosper said the episode revealed the dark side of youth activism and the cost of maintaining a public pro-life stance.
“This is the first time I’m sharing this publicly and it’s not easy, but it’s the right thing to do and people need to know,” she told the 3000-strong crowd gathered in East Melbourne.
“No matter how often the other side tries to bully and intimidate us into silence, we will not back down.”
“I was targeted because I’m a pro-life woman who dared to speak out on behalf of other women.”
“Given the online images were posted just days before news broke about the abortion bill, I cannot accept that this was merely coincidental.”
Ms Gosper said she was “distraught” over the photos which were posted in an attempt to intimidate and silence her and that for the first few days it almost succeeded. “I feared for my personal safety and that of my family,” she said. “Women in Australia deserve better. They deserve real support, real choices and real love. For their sake I will continue to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.”
LifeChoice Australia is a student-based pro-life organisation aimed at promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The troubling revelations expose the dark side of Australian political activism and the extreme lengths to which some pro-abortion protesters are willing to go to silence opposition.