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Yuck! PEI abortion advocates co-opt life-loving Anne of Green Gables to push abortion

Anne's creator Lucy Maud Montgomery would likely sue if she had lived to see how her beloved heroine was being used to push abortion.
Fri Jan 29, 2016 - 12:41 pm EST
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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Abortion activists on Prince Edward Island have hit a new low in their activism by attempting to co-opt the world’s most beloved spunky life-loving heroine Anne of Green Gables to do their dirty work in the only abortion-free Canadian province.

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Anne poster created by the abortion activists.

As part of a campaign to pressure the provincial government to allow and fund abortions on the island, the activists have created a poster that shows a girl with red pigtails wearing a bandana. On the poster are the pro-abortion hashtags #AccessNow, #SupportIslandWomen, and #HeyWade, a direct appeal to Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

A Twitter account behind the campaign is run by “Karats,” a reference to Anne’s nickname “Carrots” given by her arch enemy and later sweetheart Gilbert Blythe. 

Local pro-lifers are dumbstruck by the fact that abortion activists have stooped so low. 

“[Anne is] the epitome and the poster child of how an unwanted child can demonstrate the unexpected blessings of choosing life, since she is adopted," said Nicole Dupuis, executive director of the PEI Right to Life Association, to CBC News.

"I don't think it's very effective,” she said. 

The fictional character Anne Shirley, immortalized by Lucy Maud Montgomery in a 1908 novel, is the personification of optimism, resilience, and the belief that humanity is essentially good. There are numerous instances throughout the series of books indicating that Anne loved and cherished all life. In the series, Anne herself became a mother of seven children. 

“Dear old world,” Anne once said, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

It’s not a stretch to think that for Anne, abortion leaves no “scope for imagination,” since it tragically cuts off at its first beginnings a life filled with infinite possibility. Anne arguably held that every human life brought something beautiful into the world, making that life something to cherish. Perhaps she would say that a mother and her pre-born baby ought to be “kindred spirits” because of the intimate bond they share. 

Earlier this month Abortion Access Now PEI, a newly formed pro-abortion activist group, sued the PEI Liberal government in an attempt to force it to provide publicly-funded abortions, something it says is a “right.” 

But PEI Right to Life pointed out that “there is no constitutional right to abortion in Canada,” adding that the Supreme Court’s 1988 Morgentaler ruling that struck down existing abortion law recommended that Parliament create laws to protect the rights of the pre-born child, something that has yet to be done. 


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