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Anyone passing by the Robie/Quinpool intersection Sunday afternoon was not likely to have missed the the large group of Pro-Life advocates lining the sidewalk with signs reading, "Abortion kills babies" and, "Abortion is murder". As a Christian, I would consider myself to be Pro-Life, yet I was deeply offended by the approach taken by this group of individuals. Abortion is an extremely sensitive issue, and many women who have gone through, or considered having an abortion experience a great deal of emotional pain and turmoil as a result. If I were a woman in such a position, the last thing I would want to see is someone I don't know telling me I have committed this horrible atrocity. This approach to advocacy would not leave me feeling anymore inclined to adopt a pro-life stance, in fact it would do just the opposite. I believe that taking a stand on an issue as controversial as abortion in the way that was demonstrated on Sunday only evokes feelings of guilt, shame, and anger from those on the other side, and does nothing to further the cause or effect change in a positive way. I think more appropriate and effective methods involve one-on-one counselling sessions with women who are dealing with the aftermath of having an abortion or investing in the lives of young girls and women who have had babies and may not be in the position to provide and care for their newborns. Many of these services do exist within Halifax and I imagine that their effect on the community is much more positive. I do wonder sometimes at the motivation behind demonstrations such as these, whether these groups actually believe they are making a difference and influencing people or whether they are just out to stir things up and make people angry.

By Hilary

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