.- Human Life International is asking for prayers in response to the âvile attacksâ in Vienna, Austria, against pro-life demonstrators by assailants who are being paid to harass them by the owners of abortion clinics. Pro-life demonstrators who are sidewalk counseling outside the clinics have been sexually assaulted, and some of the attacks have been captured on video.
According to HLI, the peaceful pro-life protestors are enduring âvile attacks and pressure tacticsâ solely for praying in front of the Gynmed abortion clinic run by Dr. Christian Fiala.
Fiala is president of the International Federation of Associated Abortion and Contraception Professionals and is one of the leading proponents of abortion in Europe.
He admitted to local reporters that âagentsâ had been hired to harass pro-lifers. âFor defensive reasons I have contracted agents on repeated occasions to stop the activity of anti-abortion activists,â he recently told the Der Standard newspaper.
Father Phillip Reilly of the organization Helpers of Godâs Precious Infantsâwhich promotes peaceful protests outside abortion clinicsâdeplored the attacks, which he called âphysical and sexual harassment that is truly immoral.â
HLI has asked Catholics around the world to pray for pro-lifers as police in Austria âhave done nothing to detain these attacks against peaceful protesters.â The organization also asked for letters to be sent in English to Austrian officials.