40 Days and 40 Nights (and Women's Rights)
Today marks the beginning of 40 Days for Life, a pro-life event bringing prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach. At least 130 cities in Canada (including Toronto), Australia, Northern Ireland and the USA are participating in the events that run until April 5th.
By using Lent in this way, pro-lifers are trying to mobilize an effort to end the practice of abortion. Personally, I don't support their cause; women (and men) have fought hard for reproductive rights for women and if our politicians ever got close to removing them, I think pro-choice supporters would come out in huge numbers, dwarfing whatever crowds 40 Days For Life may see.
But the benefits of living in our country includes the right for people to speak their mind, organize around whatever cause they like, and in this case, rally around their cause against abortion by outreaching at the Women's Care Clinic at Dufferin & Lawrence (note their use of quotations about the clinic's name).
Perhaps this Easter we will know just how many people are mobilized, and if a noteworthy clash over abortion is in our future. Hopefully they're not as morbid in their ways as previous anti-abortion protesters have been in this city.
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