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Graphic Calgary Anti-Abortion Postcards Target MP Michelle Rempel

10/06/2014 03:25 EDT | Updated 10/06/2014 03:59 EDT
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Graphic anti-abortion postcards featuring the face of a popular politician have once again surfaced in Calgary.

Residents in the northwest community of Hidden Valley were shocked to find the cards in the mail last week, featuring a photo of a smiling Michelle Rempel edited over a photo of an aborted fetus, reports Metro News.

“Politician Michelle Rempel supports abortion. And she wants to be your MP," the card reads.

A day home owner told Metro the children she minds found and passed around the card before she could get her hands on it.

This is not the first time Rempel's face has been connected to the disturbing literature.

Last year, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) released graphic postcards in the ridings of politicians who, they said, "failed pre-born children."

The same campaign also targeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper's riding.

“Our experience has been that when people see the images they change their minds on abortion,” Stephanie Gray, an anti-abortion campaigner with the CCBR said at the time.

“So the question is will there be people who no longer want to support Stephen Harper as long as he refuses to protect pre-born children? Our experience has been when people see the pictures, yes, there will be people that refuse to support him.”

According to the Calgary Herald, the CCBR was also behind this most recent round of postcards.

However, the city's top lawyer told Calgary city council there is little they can do to stop anti-abortion groups from sending out solicitations that feature graphic content.

However, Glenda Cole told council she would have her legal team look at potential options — like mandating the cards be placed in envelopes — to prevent the images from getting in the hands of children.

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