OTTAWA, December 4, 2001 ( – While some of the G-20 protesters may have been upset with the destruction of a pro-life billboard during the Ottawa anti-IMF demonstrations, others clearly supported the action. Ottawa’s Algonquin College published a front-page article in its Algonquin Times newspaper featuring a student who had participated in the protest.

(Appropriately named) Natalie Vandal, a second-year social service worker student, told the paper “To me, smashing an anti-abortion sign and a McDonald’s is just brilliant.” Vandal said that it was the most peaceful protest of its kind she’d attended and noted that she considers anarchists to be educated and informed about the current issues in the world.

Vandal’s sentiments lend support to the allegations of Merle Terlesky, a former member of the Communist Party of Canada and a prominent activist with the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics (OCAC) during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Terlesky, who converted to Christianity and pro-life after a bout with cancer, told LifeSite that it is no surprise that the anarchist activists are anti-life. He said that the rent-a-mob which creates a ruckus at most leftist protests are virtually the same crowd who engage in the violent anti-poverty protests and the violent demonstrations against the pro-life movement. He recalls, as a member of OCAC that they would ask for support during pickets from violent groups such as the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Anti-Racist Action. OCAC has a strong relationship with Canada’s foremost abortionist Henry Morgentaler.

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