Taking the pro-life message to the street
By Audrey Wu
July 4, the Toronto Right to Life Association held street information
sessions on abortion. More than 6,000 flyers were distributed, which
outlined the facts about abortion and the damage it causes. This information
card was accompanied by a bookmark showing a living six-week unborn
child held by an adult's hands.
Youth distributed this information to the public July 4-15 from 1 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m., and in evening sessions that were held from 5 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. July 9-11. Flyers were handed out at the intersections of
Bay and Bloor, Yonge and Eglinton, Union Station, the University of
Toronto Campus, Bay and King Street, and the Harbor Front.
The idea to take information directly to people on the street was organizer
Natalie Hudson's. Hudson, who is the executive director of the Toronto
Right to Life Association, hoped to hand out information in hope of
getting more public awareness in terms of the sinful act of abortion.
The focus was on quantity and mass distribution of the most basic but
effective facts the public needed to know about abortion on eye-catching
information cards created by the Ontario Alliance for Life.
When the public received the cards on the streets, there was a good
reaction and many were baffled by the statistics. Hudson told The Interim
that often there would be a crowd of people standing around, focused
on the disturbing facts they were reading. Others would start to walk,
then look down and read the cards again, unable to ignore the facts
presented. Some were in disbelief, asking the Right to Life representatives
if the facts were indeed true. All in all, Hudson is "very pleased with
the response, and felt that a vast majority of people read the cards.
This was a very good opportunity to educate the public on an issue that
seldom makes mainstream media."
The Toronto Right to Life Association is working on other projects
in the fight against abortion, with the development of a phone service
for children in need of counselling as an alternative to the Planned
Parenthood-run Kids Help Phone.
Also, the association is working on putting advertisements outlining
the dangers of abortion in girls' washrooms in Catholic schools across