Too soon to erect roadside memorial to abortion debate
In Surrey, a roadside memorial made of hay bales and 100 blue and pink crosses has gone up. But this isn’t a memorial to the victims of speeding, distracted, or drunk drivers. It’s the work of anti-abortion activists.
In a news release today (September 18), WeNeedaLAW.ca claimed responsibility for the protest/publicity stunt, located at Fraser Highway and 188 Street. It’s a national campaign, with a Surrey mailing address, that’s been endorsed by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Priests for Life Canada, and other groups.
Campaign director Mike Schouten states in the release: “The roadside memorial in Surrey will assist in bringing greater awareness to what we believe is the role of government, and that is to enact federal legislation that restricts abortion to the greatest extent possible.” Supporters of the campaign are no doubt praying that, with a Conservative majority in Ottawa, Stephen Harper will do just that.
On its website, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada notes that the “anti-choice movement in Canada is still strong and active”. The ARCC site states: “Anti-choice activists remain committed to various campaigns, such as working to defund abortion, spreading misinformation about abortion, and promoting policies and laws to restrict abortion or make it harder to access.”
The Surrey “memorial” just confirms that, as ARCC says, abortion remains far from a “settled issue” in Canada.