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"Pro-love" group gains momentum, counters controversial anti-abortion protests

Dozens lined the streets outside the Victoria General hospital this morning for a "Pro-love" rally, in response to this week's controversial anti-abortion protests

Dozens of pro-choice, “pro-love” supporters lined the streets outside the Victoria General hospital this morning in a calm, counter response to anti-abortion protesters who sparked controversy earlier this week with graphic signs.

The pro-love rally included people of all ages who wanted to show support for sexual justice.

Joanne MacPherson said she and her daughter drove two hours to be part of today’s crowd.

“I have an eight-year-old daughter, and it’s really important that the criminal code stays out of our wombs, out of our daughters’ wombs,” she said. “It’s really important that women have access to health care.”

MacPherson said she was at the rally in honour of her grandmother, who died during an at-home abortion almost 90 years ago, in 1927.

The pro-love movement was spearheaded by three Halifax women earlier this week, and has grown to well over a hundred supporters in just a few days.

One of the rally’s organizers, Evey Hornbeck, said their main goal is to spread awareness of choices.

“We wanted to organize something more and more people could get involved [in], since it seemed like, from the response we got, so many people really liked the love aspect instead of those really awful, hateful messages that were being spread.”

The controversial anti-abortion signs had featured blown-up images of dead fetuses and bloody unborn babies.

Hornbeck said, since starting the pro-love movement earlier this week, they’ve seen an overwhelming amount of support.

Nearly every rally-goer this morning was sporting a sign with a pink heart painted on it– a symbol that has come to be the logo of the group.

 

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Sebastian

Why don’t those anti-abortion protesters put their money where their mouths are…..if they want to prevent abortions, then have them front ALL the money to raise the child from birth to 18 years of age. Likely they won’t, so until then, allow abortions.

August 14, 2014 at 11:29 am
    Ignorance Is Bliss?

    With free healthcare in Canada AND this thing called adoption that allows people who actually want children but can’t have them to gladly “front all the money from birth to age 18,” abortions for financial reasons is no argument at all.

    Attitude aside, with extremely rare exceptions (eg, life-threatening complications), people who have abortions are simply selfish. They either don’t want to deal with the physical strain of pregnancy, have a pregnancy temporarily interrupt their lifestyle, or are possessive; i.e. they would rather kill their child than have someone else raise them.

    So, until people who don’t want children are responsible enough to adopt them out or, better yet, take measures to guarantee they won’t get pregnant in the first place, prevent abortions.

    August 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm
      Sebastian

      Then why don’t YOU adopt them? Or better yet, have all those anti-abortionists sign up to adopt each and every unborn child? Likely they won’t.

      August 17, 2014 at 10:40 am
chief wiggam

so… does pro-love give the choice to men also? it’s their child too.

August 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm