When I saw the signs "Luc was born today but his life started nine months ago", " and "ABORTION: aren't we forgetting about someone?" I was appalled. These signs are all over HRM, on pulbic buses, on bus shelters and side street banners and women have to see these every single day. Women deserve to be confident with the choices they make and not be put down because they made a decision they felt was right. Abortion is a human right in Canada. Whether you are pro-life, pro-choice, or pro-abortion, it is a right and is a medical procedure that is available for all women. Women have the right to do with their body as they please. Women should not feel subject to shame and humiliation for having an abortion or for thinking about having an abortion. Is not a simple decison to make. It takes five, twenty, three hundred times to come to a decision. We live in a society surrounded by religion, by capitalist white collar men, by people who believe that they know what is right for us, for women. Women are told they have the right to do what they want with their bodies and yet Religious groups and organiztations such as Signs For Life produce banners and advertisements telling women that abortion is not right. A Woman's life is simply theirs. Women decide what to do with their bodies, women decide how to live their life, their future comes first. Imagine being a woman on a bus and reading a sign telling them that abortion isn't right, as you're on the way to the clinic. Imagine being a woman who has just had an abortion and seing that sign telling them that life begins on that very first day of being concieved. These signs are hurtful, and emotionally traumatizing. Signs For Life are victimizing women who need an abortion for health reasons, women who have been raped, women who want an abortion simply because they are not ready to be a parent. Women do not need a reason to have an abortion, it is a right and does not need to be justified.
I believe these signs should be taken down so women can feel secure with their decisions and know that they do have choice. These signs are creating such a stir in HRM and have had negative affects on the women population. The picture of the banner is posted directly outside the hopital where abortions are given every day. Women do not deserve this. Someone said "It's a very, very difficult decison for anybody to have to make..and then when they have to go have that medical precedure done, it would be very upsetting to see that on the way in". Not only are these banners posted outside of the local hospital, but 225 buses now cary these messages all over HRM.
I want these banners taken down, as do the majority of the female population.
Please sign my petition in hopes for these signs to disappear from our streets. No one deserves to be targeted for their life choices.