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Pro-life advocates aim to change hearts

Pro-life advocates lined East River Road Sunday to promote their belief that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder.
Pro-life advocates lined East River Road Sunday to promote their belief that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder.

NEW GLASGOW - A group of pro-life advocates lined the sidewalk on East River Road holding signs Sunday.    

The signs bore messages “ABORTION HURTS WOMEN” and “ABORTION KILLS BABIES.”

A pro-abortion rights protestor also attended to counteract their message. She wore a sign that read: “PRO CHOICE, MY BODY, MY LIFE, MY CHOICE.”

Some who drove by honked their horns in support. Others gave the finger.

The argument for and against abortion rights has been fought for decades and with news just this past week that Nova Scotia is moving towards making abortion access easier in the province, Raymond Hodgson admits it appears that any hope of changing laws to protect what he believes are unborn lives has been lost for now. But he hasn’t given up hope, which is why he was out proudly promoting the pro-life message Sunday.

In the past he said the pro-life movement has targeted politics as a way to change the laws.

“We don’t believe that can be done anymore,” he said. “It’s a matter of changing people’s hearts and minds. When that happens, then it’ll be changed politically.”

Paul Landry shared about his own two sons who he adopted. He can’t imagine what his life would be like if their mothers had chosen abortion instead of putting their babies up for adoption.

“That’s why it’s very precious to me,” he said.

Sharon Heighton, who helped organize Sunday’s event said seeing pictures of abortion procedures is what has convinced her that it was wrong.

“It’s murder,” she said.

As a Christian she said she believes that all humans are children of God and should have a right to life.

“We’re not here to judge anybody,” she said. “We’re here to save lives.”

Anne Willis held up a small model of what a 12-week old fetus looks like with arms, legs and face all clearly visible.

“People don’t realize that this is a living person,” she said. “It’s a living child.”

 

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