It’s a busy week for the pro-life students at the University of Guelph. Life Choice, the campus pro-life club, will be hosting several events to bring the pro-life message to the University community.
They’ll be focusing on current life issues both on the local and international level, from the recent opposition to pro-life bus ads in Guelph, to gendercide in India and China.
G&A Right to Life’s own Jakki Jeffs will be speaking on campus this Friday at 1:30pm (Mackinnon building, room 231). She’ll be discussing the issues surrounding our pro-life bus ads. All are welcome to attend!
This Thursday, Life Choice will be showing It’s a Girl, a stunning documentary that exposes the practice of gendercide. Shot on location in India and China, it explores sex-selective abortion and infanticide, the role of China’s one-child policy, and the factors that have led to an estimated 200 million girls being ‘missing’ today. The screening is at 7pm in Mackinnon 227.
For more information on these events, send an e-mail to email@example.com
Thank you for taking part in the Statement of Support
for Guelph & Area Right to Life’s Pro-life Bus Advertisements. As previously noted, the Statement was created in response to a petition opposing these ads and to exemplify significant backing for them. The Statement was not created as a request for action from city officials or Guelph Transit.
Please note the petition asking for the removal of G&ARTL’s ads has failed a) because of wording b) because of who it is directed to. The office of the Mayor, The City of Guelph nor Guelph Transit possess authority to remove or restrict advertisements. Mayor Karen Farbridge has specifically stated:
The City is taking no action to remove or prohibit these ads. We are aware that there is legal precedent to suggest the City – as a public institution – cannot decline an organization’s purchase of ad space because there is disagreement with a political position put forward in the ad. To do so would be in contravention of the right to freedom of expression in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Along with this statement, Mayor Farbridge has noted the receipt of much support for G&ARTL’s bus advertisements. Again, many thanks for your participation. Your response to the opposition of our fundamental freedoms is of great significance.
Your response is needed. This month (January, 2014) a petition was created to express opposition to Guelph & Area Right to Life’s bus ads. Over 2500 people have signed this petition. While this petition carries very little usefulness a) because of wording b) because of who it is directed to, the petition does make these bus ads appear unpopular. It has been sent to Mayor Karen Farbridge, the City of Guelph and Guelph Transit. As a result Guelph & Area Right to Life is asking you to express your support for Guelph & Area Right to Life’s bus advertisements in two easy steps.
1) Copy and paste the Statement of Support in an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2) In your forward write
a) Your first and last name
b) Your organization (if applicable)
c) Your mailing address (you will not be added to a mailing list)
d) Your phone number
Your name and organization will be included in a list of social movements, human rights organizations and individuals who share the beliefs expressed on Guelph & Area Right to Life’s bus ads. This list will be sent to Guelph’s mayor, the City of Guelph and Guelph Transit.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
Guelph & Area Right to Life’s advertisements carried on Guelph Transit buses express important belief held by Canadian citizens; Canadians believe 1) scientific data exists to provide evidence showing a human who is not yet born is a human child and 2) there are alternatives to abortion.
Expression of this belief, and opposing beliefs, is protected under Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: “Everyone has the…freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication”. While this belief is offensive to some, the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards states offense “…is not sufficient grounds for objecting to an advertisement…”. Further, these ads do not breach or violate the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
The social movements, human rights organizations and individuals listed below welcome and support the initiative taken by Guelph & Area Right to Life to express their belief and opinion through advertisements carried on Guelph Transit.