Abortion Images Visit the Calgary Stampede

Fri Jul 9, 2010 - 12:15 pm EST

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

CALGARY, July 9, 2010 ( - Visitors to this year's Calgary Stampede, "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" according to, will be seeing something other than the world’s largest rodeo, concerts, wagon racing, parades and barbecues.

Starting today and for each day of the Stampede, young staffers from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) will be holding graphic signs of aborted babies and engaging visitors on the subject of abortion.

“While people descend on the city to celebrate the greatest outdoor show on earth, they need to know that children are being killed here,” said Stephanie Gray, executive director of CCBR.

“We know these images are horrifying to look at, but if something is so horrifying we can’t stand to look at it,” she continued, “perhaps we shouldn’t be tolerating it.”

More than one million spectators are expected to attend the Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo and racing festival that gets underway this weekend.

Gray said that a lot of people are sexually active during the Stampede and so it makes sense that abortionists get busier shortly after the festivities. This is why she says it is essential for the pictures to be on the streets this week.

Termed “Choice” Chain, the project images have the word “CHOICE?” written alongside the pictures. CCBR’s staff will be holding the graphic signs displaying first-trimester aborted children at busy locations throughout the city. They’ll also be driving an 11-meter long box-bodied truck with similar bloody images.

CCBR has previously displayed the “Choice” Chain in Calgary, Okotoks, High River, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Vancouver.  Other pro-life groups in Canada have held similar displays.

When asked if she was sorry about the images spoiling peoples’ Stampede fun, Gray said she was “more sorry children are being killed in this city right now. The only way for the injustice to stop is for Canadians to demand it to end — so we need to get this message out.”

“Many Canadians avoid the uncomfortable subject of abortion through silence and indifference,” stated CCBR co-founder Jojo Ruba. “This is a powerful way to compel thought and debate–something that is essential even during the Stampede.”

CCBR’s team of summer interns has been confronting Calgarians several days a week with these images since May. The group will be demonstrating with their signs in downtown Calgary, Friday, July 9, from 8am to noon.

“I talked to a woman who was considering abortion but changed her mind when she saw our pictures,” said CCBR intern Cameron Wilson. “Isn’t it worth the discomfort most people feel looking at these images if we knew that even one baby’s life will be saved?”

Another CCBR intern, Ruth Lobo, added that this is why CCBR is there–even if many parents are uncomfortable with the pictures.

“If people are truly concerned about children, what about the 5,000 children that will be killed in Calgary this year?  Where’s the concern for them?”

For further information, contact the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR):

Box 123,
5-8720 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB, T2H 0M4
403-668-0485 (phone)
403-539-2227 (fax)

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