Pro-life youth protest in Toronto, Vancouver

By Mike Mastromatteo
The Interim

Pro-life students refused to let insinuations of “anti-abortion violence” prevent them from staging protests against the introduction of the RU-486 abortion chemical.

Students in Toronto and Vancouver were out in force July 27 to draw attention to RU-486, which recently gained approval for clinical testing in Toronto and other Canadian cities.

Tanya Granic, national director of Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY), said the protests were organized to point out the potentially hazardous health effects associated with RU-486. Granic said young people are objecting to RU-486 because it is nothing more than “an anti-human pesticide.”

The Toronto protest, which drew about 35 students and supporters, took place outside Women’s College Hospital, one of the RU-486 testing sites.

More than 30 students took part in the protest in Vancouver, which was held near an abortion facility on West Broadway Avenue. In both Toronto and Vancouver, pro-abortion counter-demonstrators came out in smaller numbers.

Stephanie Gray, head of the University of British Columbia’s Lifeline group, was one of the organizers of the Vancouver picket. She said the Vancouver protest was also organized to draw attention to the relocation of the Bagshaw abortion facility to a new location on West Broadway.

The demonstration against RU-486 in Vancouver took on even greater significance with revelations that the province’s NDP government was preparing to extend its “bubble zone” legislation into new territory, including the site of the RU-486 protest. Although the government went ahead with the plan and had the new bubble zone in place prior to the July 27 protest, Vancouver police elected not to break up the student protest.

Nonetheless, pro-life groups have pointed out the absurdity of a government that erects no-protest zones in areas where abortions have not yet taken place.

“To me this represents the insanity of ‘choice,'” Gray told The Interim. “The province is busy setting up bubble zones in an effort to shut out peaceful protest. We have to maintain a presence despite efforts to suppress our views.”

Fellow student Caireen Piper said the provincial government’s injunction-bubble zone frenzy mirrors its slavish devotion to an abortion agenda.

“It is ridiculous for the government to sign legislation for a bubble zone around a building that had neither a medical office nor a doctor,” she said. “It’s like placing a bubble zone at a church or a media centre where the debate is being brought up.”

The Bagshaw clinic’s move to new quarters was prompted by indications that fellow tenants at the abortuary’s previous address on Granville St., objected to the presence an abortion mill on the property.

The provincial government’s support of the abortion agenda was highlighted with reports from Lifesite News that a provincial Crown corporation leased the new office space for the Bagshaw facility. The lease was signed without revealing to the realtor that the space was being rented for an abortion clinic.

According to LifeSite News, the B.C. Building Corporation (BCBC) leased the property saying they were expanding, when actually the government organization was leasing the offices for a private abortion centre.

Ted Gerk, head of the Pro-Life Resource Centre, said July 27 that the move takes on an element of the absurd as the government imposes bubble zones in areas where abortions have yet to take place. He added that the extension of no-protest zones in the province is another attempt to stifle pro-life opposition.

“The Ministry of the Attorney General has been secretly meeting with pro-choice groups in order to quash opposition to abortion,” Gerk charged. “What we have here is a declaration of war by the NDP government against anyone who opposes their abortion policies. Using the chief law enforcement arm of government, they are intimidating people into silence – and aborting their civil rights.”