Teresa Martin, President of Cherish Life Qld, has appealed for supporters to write and object to Graham Preston's jail sentence. Graham has been jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed for non-violently blocking the doorway of abortion clinics in Brisbane.
"Many of you may know that Graham Preston is currently serving time for not paying accumulated fines imposed on him due to his direct action. It seems that Graham is being made an example of and the question has to be asked, would any other person be sent to jail for non-payment of $8000 of fines? Has any other person been so punished in this way for a non-violent action ie non-payment? If not, then why is Graham being punished in this way? Note that we are not endorsing non-payment of fines, nor that anyone should break the law nor disobey a police officer, merely that it seems unfair that he should go to jail when there is over $1million in outstanding fines, some of which would be over the $8000 mark. Whether you agree or disagree with Graham’s actions, we are encouraging you to write respectfully to the Attorney General & Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie (pronounced Bley-ee) and pose those questions and make those points. It is important that pro-lifers support each other.
Hon Jarrod Bleijie
PO Box 1200
BUDDINA Q 4575
Ph: 07 5478 1189
Fax: 07 5478 1815
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