“I have an ultrasound in an hour,” she remonstrates, as she is read her rights and becomes tearful.
The footage has prompted a civil liberties debate in Australia, with critics from across the political spectrum voicing concerns about the balance between rights and obligations.
Amnesty International Australia said police were guilty of overreach while rights group Liberty Victoria called the arrest disturbing.
“The prospect of pre-emptive arrest and the laying of criminal charges to prevent engagement in peaceful protest is a disturbing development,” Liberty Victoria said.
Conservative pundits, politicians and conspiracy theorists — who have continually criticised virus restrictions in the country — seized on the video as evidence of what they called a “police state” in Victoria.