Calgary, Canada, May 24, 2013 / 03:04 am
A pro-life group in Canada is renewing its efforts to ignite discussion and conversion in their country by calling out major politicians who support abortion.
"We very much want to change public opinion so that we can change public policy," Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform told CNA May 21.
The campaign called "Face the Children" consists of postcards featuring images of some of Canada's most powerful politicians alongside graphic pictures of aborted children.
"Our experience has been that when people see the pictures it does change their minds," Gray explained.
With a team made up of volunteers, summer interns and staffers, the organization has been scouring neighborhoods with the postcards and distributing them door-to-door.
"We've seen a range of reactions," Gray said. While some recipients have called their office with words of encouragement and suggesting that they target more pro-choice politicians, others have been angry and upset.
"The point we make is that the images are disturbing," Gray said, "but what's more disturbing is that the picture of the politician next to the image has failed the children."
"If we just had leaders who would implement laws to protect the pre-born, then these images wouldn't have to be circulated," she added.
So far, the group has revealed two of the five politicians they will be highlighting throughout the summer.
In the first round of postcards, a smiling picture of the Prime Minister is shown next to a baby girl aborted at six months with text that reads "Stephen Harper won't ban this."
The second postcard the group began distributing just this week features Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament of Calgary Centre North, alongside a baby aborted at six months with the words "One of
Canada's most powerful women failed Canada's most powerless children."
Each round of the campaign, which will run for five weeks, distributes 50,000 postcards in each politicians riding – or constituency – amounting to a total of 250,000 postcards circulating throughout Canada.
"So, if you think just that on average, say two people see a postcard, that's basically half a million people that will be targeted with the pro-life message in four months," Gray said.
Just as the murder trial of Kermitt Gosnell – the late-term abortionist who was convicted of first-degree murder for three babies who survived botched abortions and third-degree murder of one mother – has brought the images of abortion to the public eye in the United State, so too will this campaign in Canada.
"We need to bring what's in darkness into light because if it remains in the dark, it will carry on," she said, "but if it comes into the light those with functioning consciences will respond accordingly."
This is not the first campaign featuring graphic images that the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform has conducted.
The group frequently gathers outside of high schools with poster board-sized images of aborted babies and engages in conversation about what abortion actually is.