Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 8, 2007
Life Chain tells abortion's truth
Demonstrators' signs prompt various reactions
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"Even if they (signs) make them angry, it's a response."
- Vicki Beier
During a Life Chain demonstration two years ago, Beier made a dent in the fight against abortion when she convinced a woman who passed by not to go through with a planned abortion.
Holding a sign that said "Abortion Kills Children" was 13-year-old Michael Schiller, also from St. Albert. "I'm trying to make people aware that abortion is wrong because it kills children."
A few blocks away, Elise Nawrocki, an 11-year-old from Fort Saskatchewan, had similar hopes. "I'm here so people stop having abortions," she said. "I hope this will make them think."
Elise's dad, Paul Nawrocki, noted that a woman and her two children had just passed by and the woman was upset because she would have to explain to her kids what the demonstration was all about.
"I think it's important that people do have that conversation and that this issue is raised so that it is debated and the truth comes out," he said. "It's an issue that we haven't talked about for quite some time and I think it's important that it becomes part of the discussion that's going on."
Johnson, the organizer, said some 10,000 abortions are performed annually in Alberta, including 5,000 in Edmonton. Pointing to a sign that read "Worker Shortage? Stop Abortion!" Johnson said since 1973, approximately 300,000 Albertans have been aborted - enough to solve the province's current worker shortage.
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