Trudeau defends abortion position after graphic flyers target Liberal leader
Michelle Zilio, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:28AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:44PM EDT
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is defending his party’s pro-choice position after a graphic anti-abortion flyer was distributed to Canadians with his face pictured beside a photo of a fetus.
The flyer, being spread across Canada, is part of the Campaign Life Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s #No2Trudeau campaign. The pamphlet reads: "Justin Trudeau supports abortion until birth.”
Speaking to reporters following the Liberal caucus meeting in Ottawa Wednesday, Trudeau maintained his party’s abortion policy.
“I am perfectly comfortable with Canadians knowing that the Liberal Party is unequivocal in its defence of women’s rights. We are the party of the Charter. We are the party that stands up for people’s rights. We will continue to do so,” said Trudeau.
Last year, Trudeau announced that all Liberal MPs elected in 2015 would be expected to support the party’s pro-choice position.
Liberal health critic Hedy Fry spoke specifically to the flyers in a statement Wednesday.
“These flyers are incredibly graphic in nature, and regardless of individual positions on abortion, many Canadians are understandably upset that this group has exposed their children to these disturbing images,” said Fry.
David Ristic, of Mississauga, Ont., was one of the Canadians who received a flyer. He says he and his wife, who is six months pregnant, were disgusted when they saw the unsolicited, anti-abortion pamphlet in their mailbox.
"Regardless of how you feel about the topic that they're trying to bring across, why are we being forced to see that?" said Ristic. "This is like gore … I don't need to see that."
Ristic said he respects someone's right to freedom of speech, but wishes he and his wife would have had the option to not have to see the gruesome image.
"If that's something that they want people to see and if they feel that that imagery is part of what they need to drive their point, they could have least given someone an option by putting that (flyer) in an envelope and saying open at your own risk," said Ristic.
Jack Fonseca, of the Campaign Life Coalition, said while he appreciated that Ristic was upset by the flyer, he disagrees with why he is disgusted.
"We certainly appreciate that your viewer was upset by the postcard. However, if I had the chance to speak with him, I would point out that it’s not the image that is horrific. What’s horrific is the violence depicted in that image," said Fonseca. "We should all recoil in horror when we see brutality against children."
Fonseca said the goal of the #No2Trudeau campaign is to make Canadians aware, in the lead up to federal election this year, that "a vote for Trudeau is a vote for barbarism and the murder of children who are waiting to be born."
"The two organizations are going coast to coast stuffing mailboxes with these postcards in numerous communities to make Canadians aware that Justin Trudeau is an advocate for barbarism and the killing of preborn children," said Fonseca.
The Campaign Life Coalition will hold its National March for Life at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday. More than 20,000 pro-life supporters are expected to attend the annual event.