Thaddeus Baklinski


British Columbia abortion memorial vandalized

Thaddeus Baklinski

SURREY, British Columbia, September 25, 2012 ( - A pro-life memorial to honor victims of abortion, erected on private property in Surrey, British Columbia, has been vandalized.

The display was constructed with hay bales on a farm wagon and decorated with 100 blue and pink crosses. It also had signs adverting a community event at Surrey’s Cloverdale Public Library, to be held October 18th, urging people to “Join the Conversation” on abortion issues.

On September 24th the signs were discovered torn and tossed about, in spite of a “no trespassing” notice posted on the fence in front of the memorial.

Mike Schouten, director of, which set up the memorial and is organizing the discussion, said, “It’s unfortunate that a simple invitation to dialogue about abortion results in this type of immature reaction.”

“If this is the response of the pro-choice community, their actions leave a lot to be desired.”


Schouten said it is “regrettable” that the vandals felt that the best response to a call to civil discourse “is physical aggression towards an inanimate object.”

The activist said the act of vandalism has strengthened the determination of organizers to hold the planned discussion at the Cloverdale library.

“In spite of these efforts by vandals, we will not be deterred and encourage people to join the conversation with us next month,” he said.

The “Join the Conversation” event will focus on the lack of public discourse about abortion in Canada, and on advances in the fields of science and medicine that clearly show the humanity of the pre-born child.

“Canada is the only Western nation without legal protection for pre-born children and it’s time we discussed why only North Korea and China have similar policies,” Schouten observed.

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