A Canadian anti-abortion group intends to circulate postcards in northwest Calgary with graphic images of aborted fetuses.
Alongside the image, the postcard will feature the face of Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, who the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform says is among a group of politicians who have “failed pre-born children.”
According to the CBC, the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform is distributing 50,000 postcards in Rempel’s riding of Calgary Centre-North, which has a population of 114,615.
The organization has already targeted the riding of Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Southwest). The two, the group claims, are among a group of five MPs who opposed Motion 312.
That motion, brought forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth in the fall of 2012, was intended to ask Parliament to convene a committee and determine whether or not Canada’s Criminal Code was keeping pace with scientific evidence about when life begins, according to LifeSiteNews.
The Criminal Code currently states that a child becomes a human being when it has “completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.”
“Prime Minister Harper has made it clear that he not only will not open the abortion debate, he will basically prevent it from being opened,” Stephanie Gray, executive director of Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, told the Calgary Herald.
Rempel said she was following Harper’s stance on not restarting the abortion debate, which is also official Conservative party policy.
"I think our party's been very clear on our stance on this issue," she told CBC.
The postcards show a picture of the 33-year-old Rempel beside a 6-month aborted fetus, with the words, “One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Failed Canada’s Most Powerless Children” written around her in bold white letters.
Gray said Rempel is the object of the “Face the Children” campaign because she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, as well as being listed as “pro-choice” by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
Three other politicians are expected to be named, beginning May 28, based on their voting history on issues of pre-borns, but CCBR has yet to disclose their identities.
“For years, politicians who discriminate, based on age, against pre-born children have maintained Canada’s bloody ideology unimpeded,” Gray said.
“It’s time that people were exposed to the reality of what the voting records of certain MPs actually mean—that in Canada, where you live may well dictate if you live.”
Abortion has remained a sensitive topic among the Conservative caucus on Parliament Hill.
In March, Conservative MP Mark Warawa was scheduled to make a statement in the House of Commons, a day after a motion he proposed condemning sex-selective abortion was deemed by a House committee to be ineligible for a vote, only to be taken off the speaker’s list by the party whip.
On May 9, 21 Conservative MPs attended an anti-abortion rally, and many have since continued to table signed petitions from constituents condemning abortion and calling for legislation to be enacted to protect the rights of the unborn.
Rempel herself is expected to play a larger role within the caucus, with Harper expected to shuffle his cabinet in the summer and appoint some youthful MPs to key portfolios.
A partial photo of the postcard is below. Warning: The image is of a strong, graphic nature.
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