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Week of July 16, 2007
Abolish Abortion wins top spot in CBC Wish list
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"Social conservatives have been shut out of the CBC for decades."
- Suzanne Fortin
"Who watches Newsworld at 7:30 in the morning on a holiday?" said Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) executive director Joanne McGarry in a telephone interview from Toronto July 4. The report would have appeared hours earlier in the western time zones.
McGarry had sent out alerts to CCRL members urging them to join Facebook, a site originally designed to help university students network and stay in touch, and vote for the Abolish Abortion wish.
Kristen Van Houten posted the second place wish "that Canada would remain pro-choice," which garnered 8,008 votes.
"I would hate to think that anyone would think the youth of Canada were only pro-life," she said in Wise's report.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition also sent out an alert, and urged members to also support a wish to keep euthanasia illegal in Canada. The rules allowed people to support as many wishes as they wanted.
Also in the top 10: a wish "for a spiritual revival in our nation" and a wish to "restore the traditional definition of marriage." Other pro-life and pro-family organizations also urged their supporters to join Facebook and vote.
"The vote in favour of life is a significant one," McGarry said.
"It's a solid victory because whether the CBC wants to admit it or not, they had to cover it," said Pacheco. "It shakes up their assumption about where so-called Canadian values are."
Many who voted for the wish hoped for the kind of coverage the CBC gave to its "greatest Canadian" contest or its recent search for the "seven wonders of Canada."
"The pro-lifers were the most successful group in mobilizing," wrote Suzanne Fortin, a Catholic and Ottawa-based blogger who organized a campaign in support of the wish through her blog bigbluewave.ca. "We won fair and square. Social conservatives have been shut out of the CBC for decades."
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