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OTTAWA, July 2, 2012 ( – Canada Day celebrations in the nation’s capital were given a new twist this weekend as youth activists with The New Abortion Caravan descended on Ottawa with billboard-size abortion images.  At 2pm on Saturday, they formed a funeral procession and delivered a white child’s coffin to 24 Sussex Drive – the residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“Today we are presenting Prime Minister Harper, as the elected leader of our country, with a child’s coffin representing the pre-born Canadians his government and governments preceding have failed so badly” said Stephanie Gray, spokesperson for the group.

On Sunday July 1, the group of 25 activists, with an average age of 24, were demonstrating with their large graphic signs near Parliament Hill.  Thereafter they hand-delivered postcards bearing graphic images directly to homes across the city. The city’s highways were also treated to the images courtesy of the group’s roaming truck.

The New Abortion Caravan has been travelling across the country since May 29, when they launched their campaign in Vancouver.  They are re-tracing the steps of the old abortion caravan from 1970, where a group of self-proclaimed “furious women” sought to repeal the abortions laws and obtain free abortion on demand.  18 years later they got what they wanted, and tax-funded abortions happen through all 9 months of pregnancy in Canada.

The pro-life group’s activity has raised the ire of abortion supporters, like Joyce Arthur of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada who said calling The New Abortion Caravan by its name is a “sacrilege.”  Margot Dunn, one of the original caravaners from 1970 said The New Abortion Caravan is “horrifying.”

Gray said her group is taking the historical “sacred cow” of Canada’s abortion rights movement in order to “redeem it and end the killing of pre-born children in our lifetime.”  She and her group identify themselves as the “survivor generation” since they were born at a time when abortion was widespread.

“Abortion has ended the lives of over three million pre-born children in Canada since 1969. Their silent screams cannot be heard, but their broken bodies can be seen. We are here to show Canada’s elected officials the faces of Canada’s invisible children.”

Tonight the group will make a presentation at 7:30pm at Greenbelt Baptist Church, 839 Shefford Rd, Ottawa.