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Anti-abortion campaigners take to the streets

Anti-abortion campaigners lined Barrhead streets on Saturday to give motorists more to think about than traffic signs.

Anti-abortion campaigners lined Barrhead streets on Saturday to give motorists more to think about than traffic signs.

Drivers were greeted by such messages as “Adoption The Loving Option,” “Abortion Hurts Women,” “Pray To End Abortion,” “Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation,” and “Jesus Forgives and Heals.”

The “hour of silence and prayer” was one of a series of Life Chain events across Canada organized by anti-abortionists. Sunday saw a similar event in Westlock.

Pembina Pro-Life Society said up to 90 people came out with placards to line Barrhead’s Highway 33 and adjoining streets at the intersection of the traffic lights.

Society president Fran Miedema described the turnout as “awesome,” saying it far exceeded last year’s.

“We experienced a generally positive response with some motorists tooting their horns,” she said.

Miedema said women needed to be aware of the dangers of abortion. Figures showed women who aborted were six times more likely to die of suicide, she said, and were at increased risk of infertility, self-destructive lifestyles and cancer. In addition, they faced a 65 per cent higher risk of clinical depression.

“Our society wants to defend life from conception to natural death,” said Miedema.