Rally mobilizes support for pregnancy care centers – BC Catholic

Carol Butler is not used to regularly engaging in political protests.
However, the executive director of the Haldimand Pregnancy Care & Family Center in Dunnville, Ont., Found it essential to be present and speak at a rally on Parliament Hill on November 24 to give a voice to those who are fear the Liberal government will revoke the charitable status of emergency pregnancy centers.

Organized by Campaign Life Coalition, about 100 people gathered to protest a liberal campaign pledge to “no longer provide charitable status to anti-abortion organizations (eg, emergency pregnancy centers) that provide dishonest advice to women about their rights and the options available. at all stages of pregnancy.

If this law is passed in the House of Commons, institutions like Butler’s will be plunged into serious financial uncertainty, and therefore in a difficult position to serve its many dependent clients.

“(This year) we had over 700 one-on-one appointments, around 500 people participating in programs and over 600 children having access to our childcare services and crèche while their (guardian) attended. our program, ”Butler said. “We also distributed 1,400 childcare items to women in need and received 4,500 calls and texts from vulnerable people. “

Campaign Life collected a petition with 14,000 signatures asking MPs to oppose any bill, motion or regulatory policy aimed at punishing pregnancy centers and pro-life entities. The petition was presented to three Conservative MPs – Leslyn Lewis, Cathay Wagantall and Arnold Viersen – who attended the rally and pledged to deliver the petition to their fellow House of Commons colleagues (it will also be sent to each MP’s office. ).

Campaign Life’s national campaigns manager David Cooke said more signatures had been recorded since the rally.

“We want to create a snowball effect because we have a feeling that the Trudeau government was hoping that this issue could stay in the background and that it could put whatever it wanted behind the scenes,” said Cooke.

He said the urgency of this fight was underscored on November 26, when the government introduced Bill C-3 which would amend the Criminal Code to essentially criminalize pro-life activists from advocating outside of centers. abortion.

“Indeed, Bill C-3 could criminalize efforts to provide women with alternatives to abortion through peaceful protests, prayers and sidewalk counseling across the country,” the Minister said. Campaign Life president Jeff Gunnarson in a press release. “Laws that censor Canadian citizens, depriving them of their rights and freedoms to speak and assemble have no place in a free and democratic society.

The financial injuries are already visible at the Haldimand Pregnancy Care & Family Center, Butler said. She told the crowd of pro-abortion activists about various “bullying tactics,” including threats by phone and online messages to potential donors in the community.

She identifies “fake clinic” and “forced deliveries” as the two disinformation slanders she always hears the most about her own institution and others like it.

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