Canadian city council's plan to fly anti-abortion flag causes widespread outrage
Banner features a baby with the words, 'Please let me live'
by Jon Sharman
Thursday 6 April 2017
Campaigners in Canada are trying for the second year in a row to prevent an anti-abortion flag from being flown outside council offices.
City Hall in Prince Albert, in Canada's Saskachewan province, sparked protests last spring by flying a flag that featured a fully-grown cartoon baby attached to an umbilical cord above the words, "Please let me live".
The city's "courtesy" flagpole is reserved for charitable groups or similar organisations selected by community services workers, not by councillors. But its flag policy states that "requests to fly flags of commercial, political or religious organisations require the approval of the city council".