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Anti-abortion parade gets an earful

Anti-abortion parade gets an earful

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Counter-protesters rally after Watson's 'Respect for Life' gaffe
More than 300 pro-choice counter-protesters marched from Parliament and set up shop across from the Elgin St courthouse, chanting, "My body, my choice!”
 
This was to let the approximately 20,000 Catholic pro-life protesters marching know that women have autonomy over their bodies.
 
Seema Shah, 27, carried a bullhorn as she marched. She is pro-choice and the mother of a small child. The East Indian immigrant points to the 600 missing aboriginal women as a reason for women to still feel unsafe.
 
“It would be much easier for me to have a family if Canada had a national childcare plan, if it was safe for racialized women to have children and if I was paid as much as my male counterparts. But as it is, I'm pro-choice; the state needs to consider these things before they change the rules on abortion,” she says.
 
Rebecca Davies, 22, saw the march go down Elgin St and spontaneously joined in. In high school, she used to attend pro-life protests on Parliament Hill because she went to a Catholic school and it was a mandated field trip.

“Back then, I didn’t know what ‘pro-life’ meant. I just thought it was a good way to get out of class. But it felt so negative, especially with all those photos of aborted fetuses. I don’t believe in that,” she says.
 
Brad Marks, 24, says he came to the event because he feels that supporting women’s choice to have children “makes sense.”
 
“Obviously, the government will never get rid of legalized abortions. But coming to this march is a good reminder of how we can lose our rights if we don’t speak up,” he says.
 
As the Knights of Columbus marched past, women flashed their breasts at them (and some chucked moons), saying, “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!” In attendance were burlesque performers Koston Kreme and Thundercunt.
 
The protest wound down after 2:30pm.
 
The counter-protest is an annual event. But some attendees were moved to protest after Jim Watson declared “Respect for Life Day” in Ottawa. Watson says he is pro-choice but insisted he signed the document to respect free speech and diversity of opinion.

Comments

A Community for Life...
Further, we are dealing with women in very sensitive situations, who sometimes feel forced to commit such a deed. Why should we not support healthy alternatives for women instead? Can't this be a community that celebrates life from the moment of conception to natural death?
It's a baby, a human being...
Dizzle, don't babies in the womb have any rights? The right to live? And by the way, there is no such thing as an unwanted "baby," they did a study some years ago (by Dr. Dobson), that found that for every abortion, there were couples who wanted to adopt a child (so everyone of those babies is "wanted". Also, abortions leave a traumatic effect both on the mother and father. Please have a quick look a these real life stories of both men and women who had abortions and are now pro-life and for better solutions for both the parents and the child: David Macdonald (Celebrity): http://www.davidmacd.com/web_pages/pro-life_testimony.htm Rebecca Kiessling (conceived by a serial rapist, her mother kept her): http://www.rebeccakiessling.com/index.html Steve Tyler (famous rocker and drug addict) and his girlfriend, both regret having aborted their child: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-rock-star-steve-tylers-ex-fiancee-breaks-decades-long-silence In regards to political reason, did you not read the link above by a lesbian who is pro-life (and a very well known surfer)? I think she explains the political side better than I could ever. Further, please read about "Abby Johnson" (Director of Planned Parenthood) who became pro-life after witnessing an ultrasound and what a baby goes throug in the womb...would you let this happen to your baby? She left Planned Parenthood as a result: Her story: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-ultrasound-that-changed-my-life-abby-johnsons-pro-life-conversion-in-he/
Re: Pro-life and gay
Sylvia: There is no reason for LGBT members to be pro-choice? That's about as rational as saying there's no reason for heteros to ally with queers. You're entitled to your pro-life stance, but I think it's important to recognize that struggles based on sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity (not to mention race/class, etc.) are all interconnected. Plus, "LGBT membership" (as you call it) does not preclude unwanted pregnancy. (also, in reference to your link, "pro-choice" is about making all pregnancy options available to women - the pro-choice movement is against so called "forced abortions" as much as it is against forced pregnancies)
Pro-life and gay
"Women's World Surfing Champion boycotts China over forced abortions" http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/womens-world-surfing-champion-boycotts-china-over-forced-abortions There is no need for LGBT members to be pro-choice.
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