Canada – Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?

Graphic Anti-Abortion Signs Feel Like Visual Terrorism, But Should They Be Banned?
*Trigger Warning: This article discusses the graphic imagery used by some anti-abortion protesters*

by Katherine Singh
Sep 26, 2018

It was a typical Friday afternoon in July for Apiecalypse Now! owner Jennifer Bundock. The vegan pizzeria owner was driving to her east end Toronto location when she received a text from the manager of her west end location: “We’ve got a situation.”

Anti-abortion activists had set up shop in front of the restaurant with graphic signs. She pulled a U-turn and headed back to the Bloor Street spot, passing the old Honest Ed’s lot and pulling up 10 minutes later in front of her restaurant. Then she started live-streaming on Instagram. In a now-viral video, Bundock exits her car and confronts a group of anti-abortion activists, who were standing outside of her restaurant in plain view of the front window, holding large signs depicting dismembered and bloody fetuses. What the video didn’t show? Bundock’s customers, who were attempting to stand in front of the protestors’ signs when she arrived, trying to shield the images from passersby as well as the daycare and Girl Scout office around the corner.

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Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

Toronto pizza shop owner confronts anti-abortion protesters

Jonathan Forani, CTVNews.ca Writer
Friday, July 27, 2018

Warning: Video contains images and language that some readers may find offensive

When a group of anti-abortion protesters brandishing graphic posters gathered outside Jennifer Bundock’s vegan pizza shop, she knew what she had to do.

In an expletive-laden video that has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook, Bundock films her angry encounter with those holding the signs, eventually forcing them to leave the block.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-pizza-shop-owner-confronts-anti-abortion-protesters-1.4031254

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Isle of Man: Roman Catholic leader: ‘Every abortion is an act of desperation’

Roman Catholic leader: 'Every abortion is an act of desperation'

Thursday, 15 February 2018
by Sam Turton

The leader of Roman Catholics in the Isle of Man has spoken out about the proposal to reform abortion laws in the Isle of Man.

Reverend Monsignor John Devine, Dean of the Catholic Church in the Isle of Man, has written to the Chief Minister about his views.

His letter distances himself and the church from the more militant stances taken by some objectors, who used graphic images on placards in their demonstrations against reform.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38606&headline=Roman%20Catholic%20leader:%20%27Every%20abortion%20is%20an%20act%20of%20desperation%27&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women
Phoebe Braithwaite
19 December 2017

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

Anti-abortion activists gathered outside the UK Houses of Parliament on 27 October to protest 50 years since the passing into law of the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. Nina Naidu* was working nearby, and went to take a closer look.

Like many women in the UK, she had previous, personal experience with both abortion and virulent anti-choice demonstrators. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old decided to terminate a pregnancy, and was accosted by protestors on the way to her appointment.

Continued at source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/phoebe-braithwaite/uk-anti-abortion-american-tactics-shock-shame

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Isle of Man: Anger at anti-abortion campaigners ‘offensive’ images in protest

Anger at anti-abortion campaigners 'offensive' images in protest

13 December 2017

Anti-abortion campaigners displaying graphic banners of aborted foetuses have demonstrated outside the Isle of Man parliament.

In January the final draft of a bill proposing reforms to Manx abortion law will be presented to the House of Keys.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, who has worked on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, said the images were "deliberately offensive".

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-42328116

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Graphic images of abortion offend the public and do campaigners no favours

Graphic images of abortion offend the public and do campaigners no favours
Zealots' shocking pictures are crude, disturbing and morally wrong, says Fionola Meredith

October 27 2017

For years, I avoided driving my little girl home from primary school along University Street in South Belfast, where the Family Planning Association (FPA) used to have its offices. I didn't want her to see the images of aborted foetuses festooned in the trees that line the road, placed there by anti-abortion campaigners holding their regular 'prayer vigils' outside the FPA.

But these days it's increasingly hard to escape such images. Following similar stunts in the United States and Canada, anti-abortion campaigners have now hit on the idea of blowing the pictures up to a massive size and driving them around on the backs of trucks.

Continued: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/fionola-meredith/graphic-images-of-abortion-offend-the-public-and-do-campaigners-no-favours-36265045.html

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Canada: Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images

Province urged to file injunction against ‘horrifying’ anti-abortion images
Group says it has distributed hundreds of thousands of flyers to mailboxes in order to ‘answer questions and provide information.’

By Scott Wheeler, Staff Reporter
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

A group of Toronto public officials petitioned the provincial government on Thursday to file an injunction to block the “disturbing anti-abortion images” that are increasingly appearing on posters and flyers in the city.

The letter is addressed to attorney general Yasir Naqvi, and backed by Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns, Toronto District School Board trustee Jennifer Story, and city councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis.

In it, the quartet joined city councillor Sarah Doucette in criticizing the use of “horrifying images by an anti-abortion group, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.”

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/24/province-urged-to-file-injunction-against-horrifying-anti-abortion-images.html

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