Once again, pro-life demonstrators display lack of common decency and decide to parade with a bunch of Genocide Awareness Project photographs, this time in Ottawa Valley:
A group called Show the Truth, which aims to provoke debate by displaying explicit photos of aborted fetuses, targeted Almonte, Arnprior and Carleton Place as part of a five-day campaign in the Ottawa area. Wednesday morning, they demonstration moved to downtown Ottawa, with protesters lining up along Bank Street.
“We have a relatively simple strategy of showing public the visual reality of abortion using documented photos of the remains of aborted children at each trimester,” says Rosemary Connell, a teacher from Lindsay, Ont., who co-founded the group.
Reaction against this, ahem… “campaign” was swift and it seems, mostly negative. I wonder why pro-lifers are surprised that it usually backfires.
Just a thought: perhaps they don’t realize that using such extreme tactics to present their point of view is well, unwelcome, and in bad taste? Maybe that puts them in the same light as religious fanatics, who on one hand advocate for a smaller government that shouldn’t interfere in people’s private lives and on the other call for a total ban on a medical procedure that is a private matter between a woman and her doctor?
I understand that many parents become upset when their young children are confronted with those images and then they are in an awkward position of explaining to them what it is. That’s not right. At the same time, and perhaps more importantly, we must keep in mind that they profess to take a high moral ground only by attempt to illicit shame, regret and guilt in women who have opted to have the procedure.
In addition, the fact that this campaign is drawing criticism even in this part of the country leads me to doubt its success anywhere else. I’ve travelled to and spent time in Smith Falls and other parts of Lanark County over the last few years, and from my experience, and these areas tend to be socially conservative.