By Letter to the Editor on May 12, 2018.
It was interesting to read (April 29) that “Pro-Choice YQL is a local organization which started in response to some recent pro-birth advertising running on some City transit ad space” and is given credit for a “recent win with the ads on the buses.”
It now seems clear that these ads were not taken down so much because of objections from traumatized citizens, as because of a concerted effort by a lobby group that won the day in effectively silencing the opposite viewpoint.
Why, I wonder, does Pro-Choice YQL find it necessary to use the euphemism “reproductive services”? There is already access to reproductive services (i.e. contraception on the one hand, pregnancy support on the other) available in Lethbridge. As is clear from the reference to Bill 9 (the creation of a “safe” zone around “reproductive health services,” a.k.a. abortion clinics), what the group wants is more ready access to abortion (the intentional killing of developing human life), a word that is nowhere used in the article describing this organization.
Let’s stop hiding behind euphemisms. Granted the decision to seek an abortion can often cause considerable anguish, the fact remains that the debate is between those who are pro-abortion and anti-abortion, the latter of whom offer alternative “reproductive services” that allegedly “pro-choice” groups seem to want suppressed.
J. Cameron Fraser
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