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Week of May 9, 2005
Trucks display aborted fetus pics
Pro-life campaign plans to take the reality of abortion to Alberta streets
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Pro-lifers plan to shock Albertans to their senses next year in a bid to expose the evil of abortion.
In about a year from now, a campaign will be launched which includes driving trucks with high-resolution pictures of aborted fetuses down busy downtown streets for hours at a time.
Alberta will become the testing ground for the campaign, which is organized by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), a pro-life group dedicated to showing visually what abortion does to babies.
Shocked to the core
In the United States, where the campaign has been underway since 2001, the wheeled displays have generated a huge amount of media attention, mainly because they shock people to their core and make their stomachs turn.
Stephanie Gray, executive director of the Vancouver-based group, spoke about the campaign at Life 2005, the provincial pro-life conference, at The King's College April 30.
The Reproductive Choice Campaign is unlike anything ever undertaken by the pro-life movement, and it is the latest step in the CCBR's commitment to exposing the evil of abortion.
Gray said the idea behind the campaign is to change public opinion at the grassroots level in order to eventually affect public policy on a national level.
In 1945, General Patton took ordinary German citizens into a liberated concentration camp so they could see with their own eyes what the Nazis had done. "Unlike General Patton, we can't take people inside abortion clinics so we have to show them pictures of what the abortionists do," Gray told about 90 people at the conference.
Pictures, which have played an important role in exposing the horrors of the Holocaust, apartheid, the Oklahoma bombing and all the wars, are also effective in exposing the truth about abortion, she said.
Trucks with huge high-resolution pictures of aborted first trimester fetuses and human embryos on the sides have being driving through American cities for years now.
Gray, a 24-year-old holder of a political science degree from UBC and a Catholic, spent time in Iowa and South Dakota last year working as media spokeswoman for the campaign and said the wheeled displays touch everybody.
The images are graphic, they're bloody and they are doing exactly what her group wants them to do: turn heads and get people to think.
A violent act
These pictures, according to Gray, make it impossible for anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty to maintain the pretense that "it's not a baby" or that abortion is not an act of violence. And since abortion advocates love to talk about choice, it is time for the entire world to see what that "choice" does to unborn children.
"In the next 12 months we'll be launching these trucks in Canada," Gray announced at the conference. And she said through prayer and discernment her group picked Alberta as the first province to be targeted by the campaign. The campaign may begin with one truck driving through downtown Calgary or Edmonton for three hours a day.
Henny Vandergugten, president of Alberta Pro-Life, the provincial umbrella organization behind the conference, said her group will support the CRB campaign because "it's the truth."
She said 120,000 abortions are performed every year in Canada and people need to see what happens everyday in abortion clinics.
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