Julie Lalonde alleged in a series of tweets that Goldy asked her, and others, whether rape should be legalized to make it safe if the same has happened with abortion. The exchange happened at a protest to counter an anti-abortion rally on Parliament Hill Thursday.
Sun News TV asked me if rape should legalized to make it safe. Somehow, this relates to abortion. #WTF— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
Seriously. No joke. SUN TV, on camera, asked me if rape should be legalized to make it safer. They asked many people this. W..T...F— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
SUN TV said 'if abortion is legalized to make it safe, then should rape be legalized to make it safe?' They will surely edit our responses.— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
Guys, SUN TV ASKED ME IF RAPE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED AS SOME SORT OF TRUMP CARD AGAINST ME. ME! Of all people!— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
Lest you think I'm exaggerating, there were many witnesses and more than 1 person was asked this. Unbelievable.— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
Nothing says 'OMG. Go home, you're drunk' like trying to troll pro-choice activists with absurd questions equating abortion with rape.— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
The journalist that asked me if rape should be legalized was Faith Goldy from Sun news. FYI!— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) May 8, 2014
Lalonde told Canada.com that Goldy and a cameraman approached her, along with a number of other activists, and began peppering them with questions without saying who they were.
According to Lalonde, Goldy questioned a demonstrator who was holding a coathanger to symbolize that legal access to abortion is safer than banning it.
Goldy then allegedly asked, "So, we should legalize rape then? Are you saying we should legalize rape? Is that what you’re saying? Legalize rape and murder?"
The journalist has not addressed Lalonde's accusations on Twitter or Facebook, but a number of social media users have criticized her for what she allegedly said.
Media: what Faith Goldy did is why a lot of activists and gen public look at you weird when you just pop up and ask questions sometimes— Coimín (@KimberleeTaylor) May 9, 2014
In a video showing Sun News' coverage of the protest, Goldy interviews Lalonde as she says, "I am pro-choice, and I am standing here because it's my democratic right to be here."
Goldy then asks, "So you support abortion through all nine months?"
Lalonde responded by repeating the phrase above. Goldy then asked an activist holding a coathanger, "Did you ladies not come prepared with any arguments?"
To that the activist responded, "What's the point of arguing with someone like you?"
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