Cracking The Abortion Consensus: Changing Hearts and Minds With The New Abortion Caravan Part I
Devorah Gilman - June 7, 2012
When doing “Choice” Chain in Edmonton, I asked a high school student what she thought about abortion. She told me she was pro-choice and had done projects on abortion and knew all about the issue. I asked her if she thought abortion was ever wrong. She said yes, but it depended on the circumstances. I pointed to a picture of a ten-week old fetus and asked her if it would be wrong to kill a pre-born baby, just like that fetus was killed, as a means of birth control. She said that it was definitely wrong. I then asked her if there was another baby who had been killed by abortion just like the first one was, which was obviously wrong, I asked her if that baby had been conceived in rape, how did that change the fact that the pre-born child was being killed by an abortion. She thought about it for a moment and then said, “You’re right. You are absolutely right”. I asked her if she now thought that abortion was always wrong and she said yes.
Francisco Gomez – May 30, 2012
I spoke to a middle-aged woman walking with a toddler during a “Choice” Chain in Burnaby, BC. The woman said that although in her opinion abortion is wrong, she understands how in certain cultures this is what they need to do. For example, she told me how in some cultures if you have an unplanned pregnancy you will be shunned by a large portion of society, and she sees abortion as justifiable in this circumstance. At the beginning of the conversation the toddler asked the woman (whom I assumed to be her mother) what the pictures where about. The woman quickly responded that the pictures were about “nothing.”
We talked for a little while and I pointed out that regardless of what a culture’s attitude towards something is- if something is wrong, it is wrong. I used rape as an example of something that is always wrong regardless of what any person or culture says and said that no one should ever be given the right to rape. In the same way, since abortion kills a human being it can never be justified as a right nor is it justified in harsh cultures.
At that point the woman said, “You are right, I agree with you.” Before she left she pointed at the picture and addressing the toddler she said, “This picture of something very, very bad.”
Francisco Gomez - May 30, 2012
While doing Choice Chain in Burnaby BC, I was approached by a woman in her late twenties. After gazing at the pictures she said, “Abortion is murder, thank you so much for what you are doing because you are opening our eyes.”
Francisco Gomez - June 4, 2012
I spoke to a woman in her early twenties while doing “Choice” Chain in Kelowna, BC. She claimed that abortion is necessary because, “Too many children are unwanted, abused, and neglected.”
I told her that I was born and raised in Colombia andI knew what she meant and that I agree it is really sad to see children suffering. I then asked her if the solution to end unwantedness, abuse, and neglect of born children was to kill those suffering. She quickly responded, “Of course not.” So I said, “If is wrong to kill children after birth, why then is it ok to kill them before birth?” To which she replied, “That’s a really good point. I don’t have a response for that.” As she left, I encouraged her to visit our website for educational resources should she want them.
Francisco Gomez - June 8, 2012
While I was doing Choice Chain in Saskatoon, a woman in her early twenties walked by. She stared at my sign with a look of horror on her face. I asked her what she thought about abortion and she said, “I guess I’m pro-life”.
Lauren Kyfiuk – June 8, 2012
While doing “Choice” Chain in Saskatoon, I asked a 16-year old what she thought about abortion. She said she had never really given it much thought. We discussed the science of when life begins, who the pre-born are and what abortion does to them. We also discussed the common concerns many people feel justify abortion such as rape, poverty and difficult life circumstances. Near the end of our conversation she told me that she now understands that abortion is wrong through all nine months of pregnancy and told me, “I had no idea this was happening.” I asked her if she was interested in getting involved to help EndtheKilling. She said she is interested in learning more about the post-carding campaign, and is going to visit the CCBR website and watch the training videos to learn how to talk about abortion. When I asked her what convicted her she said, "It was the pictures that got me".
Lauren Kyfiuk- May 31, 2012
While I was doing “Choice” Chain in Vancouver outside the CBC Radio station, I spoke to a middle-aged man named Kevin Brown who told me he had never seen the pictures before. He said that as a man who had tragically lost a child to SIDS, and looking at the pictures made him flash back to when he was holding his precious deceased child. We continued to talk and he told me that although looking at the pictures elicits sadness, he was really glad we were showing the children who had been killed and he thought the pictures were extremely effective. When I asked him what he thought about abortion he said, “It’s disgusting.” He told me he was interested in recording a testimony but we didn’t have time as we were packing up to head to Broadway and Granville where protesters were blocking our truck. He walked with us back to our vehicle and thanked me for what we were doing and wished us all the best on our tour.
Lauren Kyfiuk – June 1, 2012
After our “EndtheKilling: How to end Abortion in our Lifetime” presentation at the Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church I spoke with a women named Rachel who told me that the presentation really moved her. She told me that when she was 16, her friend told her she was scheduled for an abortion and despite Rachel’s desperate efforts to dissuade her, she went through with the abortion. She started crying as she told me this and said she still thinks about it. She told me that she learned a lot in the presentation and said, “Maybe if I had a picture to show her or some more information I could have said or showed her exactly what would be happening to her baby.” She said, “I couldn’t do anything, I felt helpless back then but now I’m not.” She and her sister who was with us took postcards that show children who have been killed by abortion to distribute in their neighborhoods, and some ten-week baby feet lapel pins as well.
Lauren Kyfiuk – June 7, 2012
While doing “Choice” Chain in Edmonton I spoke with a girl named Vicky who told me that she was pro-choice. We talked about when life begins, who the pre-born child is and what abortion does to them. She acknowledged that human life begins at fertilization and that humans are valuable. She told me that her Mom had had two abortions. She told me that although she doesn’t hate her mom, she hates what her mom did, and wish it didn’t happen. She then told me that although she wouldn’t have an abortion herself, she wouldn’t tell someone else not to have one. We continued talking and we discussed common circumstances that people use to justify abortion. Afterwards she acknowledged that abortion is always the wrong choice despite difficult life circumstances. She told me she had been beaten, abused and abandoned by her mother when she was a child, and had to, “Lock her younger siblings in a bathroom so nothing would happen.” She told me that her mother had told her she wished she had aborted her. She told me that she has not reconciled with her mother, and hasn’t spoken at length with her in a very long time. I gave her a Silent No More awareness card and told her that there is hope and healing for people like her who has lost two siblings to abortion, and for her mother who has had two children killed by abortion.
She then told me that when her aunt was pregnant, she was instrumental in persuading her aunt to choose life for her son, who she named Oakley. Oakley is now Vicky’s godson. She told me that her aunt inspires her and she told me, “You can never give up. No matter how hard it gets. You can never give up.” She said she needed to leave to run an errand but she asked if she could give me a hug before she left, I was so grateful she asked and we hugged. She returned soon after and we went for coffee where she shared about her past. We talked about the birth control pill and how it causes early term abortions. She said that her sister and some of her friends are on the pill. She said that she wanted to She asked if she could add me on Facebook and I said yes, and that I would love to stay in touch. She also asked for information on how she can get involved and learn more about what she can do to help EndtheKilling in Canada and I told her about our website and the different activism opportunities.
Cam Cote - June 2, 2012
While dropping off our graphic post-cards in Abbotsford as a part of CCBR’s “New Abortion Caravan,” I was approached by a man who asked what I was doing. I told him that I was dropping post-cards to expose Canadians to the injustice of abortion. He said to me, “That’s interesting. Up until a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have an opinion on abortion, and I didn’t think I needed one. Then I saw your ‘Choice’ Chain images. I realized that I needed to have an opinion on abortion, because dude, that’s a baby.” He proceeded to tell me that he was going to give the post-card I had left in his mail box to someone who needed to see it.
Cam Cote- June 8, 2012
While doing “Choice” Chain in Saskatoon as a part of CCBR’s New Abortion Caravan I spoke to two high school students who had never even thought about abortion. They barely believed me when I told them that there were over 100, 000 clinical abortions, and they asked me, “Why aren’t these image being shown in their high schools? There are so many people that need to see these because they don’t know abortion kills babies”’ They decided to take extra pamphlets and told me they were going to give them to people that needed to see the pictures.
Ania Kasprzak- May 29, 2012
I was doing “Choice” Chain on Granville and Robson, and a guy walked by. I asked him what he thought about abortion and he said he had never really thought about it. So I pointed to my sign and asked him what he thought about it now and after looking at it for a bit he said, “Well, I’m against it now.”
Cameron Wilson – June 12, 2012
I was distributing postcards with graphic images of abortion in Brandon Manitoba when a man called out to me, “Are you the guy handing out these disturbing images?” I said yes and asked him, “I we find the image disturbing shouldn’t we find abortion disturbing? That’s all the image is.” He said, “Yes, well there’s no doubt that it’s an injustice.” I agreed with him and then he said, “Well you’re a daring man, that’s all I can say.”
Lauren Kyfiuk- May 30, 2012
I was doing “Choice” Chain outside Crystal Mall in Burnaby when a young woman approached me and I asked her what she thought about abortion. She said she had never really thought about it before. I motioned to my sign and asked her, “Have you ever seen a picture of a child that has been killed by abortion before?” She said no, and she said that she found them disgusting and disturbing. I agreed with her and we talked about what abortion is and the approximately 100,000 children who are killed by abortion every year in Canada. After our conversation she told me that she was now pro-life and wanted to go to the website to learn more. I gave her a pamphlet and she smiled and thanked me for the conversation and walked into the mall.
Lauren Kyfiuk - June 9, 2012
I was doing “Choice” Chain in outside a mall in Saskatoon when a lady came up and I asked her what she thought about abortion. She told me she was at our presentation last night and came out today to help us out. She said, “I hate abortion. I think it’s despicable. But I haven’t been praying about it enough and I haven’t been doing anything about it. So now I’m ready to get involved, I’m ready to get active.”
Lauren Kyfiuk – June 4, 2012
I was doing “Choice” Chain in Kelowna when two guys on skateboards were going by and I asked them if they had ever seen a picture of an abortion before. They said, no and that they thought the pictures were disgusting. I agreed with them and then we talked for a while. Afterwards they said they were both against abortion and took some pamphlets to give to their friends and family.
Devorah Gilman - June 4, 2012
During a "Choice" Chain display downtown Kelowna I asked a young man who was walking by what he thought about abortion. He said that although he didn't like abortion he was pro-choice. After discussing the issue further he said to me, "You're right... I guess there should be a law... it's always wrong".
Devorah Gilman- May 29, 2012
I asked a man who was passing by our "Choice" Chain display in downtown Vancouver what he thought about abortion. He said that he thought abortion was wrong, but still necessary in some cases. After talking about the humanity of the preborn and how we should kill difficult circumstances and not people, he told me that he now thought all abortions were wrong.
Amber Miller - June 13, 2012
Today while doing “Choice” Chain in Winnipeg, a couple came up to me and asked if the picture I was standing behind was of an abortion. I briefly explained what the abortion procedure did to the pre-born child, and then spoke to them about the circumstances that they thought might justify an abortion. Before leaving, the young woman turned to me saying, “Abortion is ridiculous”.
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