For Immediate Release: "New Abortion Caravan" Activists Bring Special Delivery to 24 Sussex Drive
June 29, 2012: For Immediate Release
The “New Abortion Caravan” Brings Special Delivery to Prime Minister, Creates Controversy at Canada Day Celebrations
Ottawa, ON. Youth activists with The New Abortion Caravan are descending on Ottawa this weekend with billboard-size abortion images. At 2pm on Saturday, they will be bringing bloody pictures and a child's coffin to the prime minister's private residence. Then on July 1, they will be displaying abortion images near the Parliament Hill Canada Day celebrations. They also plan to hand-deliver postcards bearing graphic images directly to homes across the city.
Stephanie Gray, spokesperson for the group, said, "Just as the women of the 1970 caravan brought a coffin to the prime minister's home, so are we bringing one. Except we are showing that abortion, whether legal or illegal, always kills an innocent human being and is therefore Canada's greatest human rights violation."
The group of 25 activists, with an average age of 24, has been travelling across the country since May 29, when they launched their campaign in Vancouver. They are re-tracing the steps of the old abortion caravan from 1970, where a group of self-proclaimed "furious women" sought to repeal the abortions laws and obtain free abortion on demand. 18 years later they got what they wanted, and tax-funded abortions happen through all 9 months of pregnancy in Canada.
The pro-life group’s activity has raised the ire of abortion supporters, like Joyce Arthur of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada who said calling The New Abortion Caravan by its name is a “sacrilege.” Margot Dunn, one of the original caravaners from 1970 said The New Abortion Caravan is “horrifying.”
Gray said her group is taking the historical "sacred cow" of Canada's abortion rights movement in order to "redeem it and end the killing of pre-born children in our lifetime." She and her group identify themselves as the "survivor generation" since they were born at a time when abortion was widespread.
The group's schedule is as follows:
Saturday, June 30, 2pm: Special delivery to 24 Sussex Drive
Sunday, July 1, 11am-5pm: Abortion signs in front of Parliament Hill
Monday, July 2, 7:30pm: Public presentation, Greenbelt Baptist Church, 839 Shefford Rd, Ottawa
For more information, photo opportunities, and interviews, please contact spokesperson Stephanie Gray at 403-200-0777 (cell).
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