STURGEON FALLS, ON, May 31, 2001 ( – Show the Truth Canada, a pro-life organization which uses large signs depicting the horror of abortion, has completed a “Back to School” project in Sturgeon Falls and North Bay on April 24-25, 2001, Peterborough May 15 – 16 and in Sudbury May 23- 25. The group’s effort met with great successes and powerfully communicated the horror of abortion to supporters and foes alike.

With as few as 12 and as many as 30, the pro-life demonstrators did one-hour presentations outside 6-10 different high schools, both public and separate, over the two days. Thousands of students saw the visual horror of abortion and were offered material. Hundreds stopped to discuss abortion and other issues that were important to them. Reactions to the presentations ranged greatly, from support and encouragement to noise and surprise. But Rosemary Connell, Show the Truth’s director, notes that “even those students who disagreed took long looks at the posters, some of them gradually softening to our message, and the others at least leaving with the images in their minds.”

Some of the highlights of the events included:

Three students at one high school asked for literature to start a Students for Life group.  Students asked for post-abortion counselling.  Students asking to join the group and pro-life organizations.  Staff at some of the schools were supportive, allowing and encouraging debate.  Some students apologized for the rude behaviour of others.  Some students offered to hold signs along with the group.

A talk outlining the effectiveness of Show the Truth type presentations was recently given in Calgary by Gregg Cunningham of the Center for Bioethical Reform in the US. Excerpts from an article in the Western Catholic Reporter about Cunningham’s talk is today’s special report at:


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