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Fight not over for abortion protester

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 By Andrew Drummond

An anti-abortion campaigner fined by a Hobart magistrate over a peaceful protest has vowed his fight is not over.

Queensland man John Graham Preston was on Wednesday convicted in Hobart's Magistrates Court for offences in September 2014 and April 2015 including refusing to move on when directed by police.

He was found to be repeatedly in contravention of the Reproductive Health Act by waving placards outside a central Hobart clinic.

"He came to Tasmania with the express purpose of challenging this (Reproductive Health Act) legislation," defence lawyer Christopher Brohier told the court.

"You can rest assured he will not engage in this sort of protesting again because he has made his point."

Magistrate Catherine Rheinberger found the charges proven and fined Preston $3000.

"He was peaceful in his protest and it's now also submitted that he has made his point in this matter and he will not reoffend," the magistrate said.

But outside court the long-time campaigner said "this is not the end of the road".

Preston said he will explore other legal options after hearing the penalty.

Hobart couple Raymond Patrick Stallard and Penny Stallard were arrested at the same time as Preston in 2015 and each subsequently faced similar charges.

They were ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months without conviction.

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