Alberta Anti-Abortion Billboard Campaign Backlash

by | July 8, 2011
filed under Can-Con, Feminism, Politics

Via the Airdrie Echo:

One Airdrie resident is outraged at a graphic anti-abortion campaign that came through the city June 27 on its way to Edmonton. The national pro-life group displayed graphic billboard-sized images on the side of an 11-metre long box-bodied truck.

Carolynn Olsen said her daughter saw the graphic images. “The posters were insensitive, inappropriate and damaging in nature,” she said while addressing city council Monday night. “No child should have to see what my child saw.” Olsen asked council to look into a bylaw that would prohibit such demonstrations.

“The posters she saw brought her to tears,” Olsen added.

The campaign was run by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, which also runs the infamous Genocide Awareness Project. They displayed their controversial signs on Canada Day and throughout the weekend in Edmonton. (Warning, do not visit their site unless you want to see their graphic anti-abortion imagery and insulting comparisons of abortion to the Holocaust and US Civil Rights Movement).

The CCBR’s site states they also oppose abortifascient birth control and stem cell research. Their “Position Statement” on their site is as follows:

CCBR focuses on making the killing of unborn human beings unthinkable. Societal misperception of the unborn has lead to widespread acceptance of activities, such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research, which treat the unborn as commodities rather than as human beings. This particular group is endangered in a way few other groups are.

In order to change this misperception, there must be a concentrated focus on injustices directed towards the unborn. There are many injustices directed towards born people as well, but CCBR’s limited focus can be compared to that of organizations which combat cancer to the exclusion of other diseases: in order to find a cure, these organizations devote all of their resources and refine their expertise on cancer even though there are other life-threatening diseases such as AIDS.

The Genocide Awareness Project has faced huge opposition during its years of touring Canadian University campuses.

Have you seen CCBR or GAP advertising in your communities or on campus? How did you react?


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