Topless protesters with Femen disrupt pro-life March second year in a row
May 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - About five topless women from the radical feminist group Femen disrupted the March for Life Thursday, yelling “My body, my rules!” while Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth attempted to address the 25,000 people on Parliament Hill.
Among the Femen protestors was Neda Topalovski. Last year she made headlines along with Delphine Bergeron when the pair removed their shirts and stormed the March for Life stage during an address by Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec City.
This year Topalovski returned with about four more collaborators, as yet unidentified.
The women managed to get close to the stage by impersonating pro-lifers, clapping and cheering on cue, before stripping off their tops to reveal pro-abortion slogans written across their chests – a signature Femen tactic.
Police immediately stepped in to remove the protesters, while Wordworth himself carried on without acknowledging the interruption.
EWTN’s live broadcast of the march quickly cut away from the scene to feature interviews.
Campaign Life Coalition, the March for Life organizers, took the disruption in stride. Alissa Golob, youth coordinator for CLC, drew cheers when she delivered a much appreciated rebuttal: “I stand before you today as a woman who doesn’t need to take my shirt off to get my point across.”
And CLC’s Matt Wojciechowski commended the RCMP’s quick action in removing the protestors from a crowd that included many children. “Overall the police and security have been very cooperative and have been great,” he told LifeSiteNews.
However, he expressed concern that Topalovski apparently stages her protests with impunity.
This is Topalovski’s third such protest in as many months. In March, she staged a topless protest against the Conservatives’ anti-terrorism Bill 51 in the House of Commons.
In April she posed as a reporter and disrupted a press conference at Quebec’s National Assembly, screaming protests against a bill Femen says will restrict abortion access.
And this month it was the March for Life.
“I’m interested to see what’s going to happen and how they’re going to deal with this repeat offender on the Hill,” Wojciechowski said, adding, “because if they don’t do anything it will set a precedent.”
Topalovski’s protest at the National Assembly was the second time Femen disrupted the Quebec legislature. Six topless women entered the legislature October 2013 and screamed for removal of the crucifix from the wall.
The pro-abortion, pro-homosexual rights Femen movement began in 2008 in Ukraine, and since then has gaining notoriety in Europe for targeting churches, bishops, and groups supporting traditional morality.