State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley called on anti-abortionist protestors to cease misusing the pink ribbon symbol in Parliament earlier this week.

Ms Graley said she was sickened to discover a banner strung up at Parliament House plastered with pink ribbons that sought to make a false link between abortion and breast cancer.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is a time for our community to come together and support those facing such a difficult time,”

“Our city and our community are draped in the colour pink, a symbol of support and hope,”

“These pink symbols of faith and love are not to be misused and misappropriated in such a manner, they are for those who have been affected by breast cancer and their family and friends who wish to rally support for them and this great cause.”

Ms Graley called on all Members of the Parliament and the presiding officers to ask these protestors to stop using the pink ribbon in this way.

“We all have a right to protest and demonstrate on what we feel strongly about, our wonderful democracy ensures that,”

“Yet, there is no doubt that this is wrong, this is sickening and a misuse of a symbol that should only be used to spread hope and love.”

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worthy and cherished cause and should not be hijacked by opportunistic protestors.”