This group of Campaign Life Coalition youth volunteers braved the elements Jan. 14 to distribute pamphlets in Mississauga calling for the de-funding of abortion. Youth targeted 24 ridings across Ontario with the blitz. Photo by Matthew Wojciechowski

Youth on pamphlet blitz of province with campaign to de-fund abortion

  • January 18, 2012

TORONTO - More than 20,000 pamphlets were dropped in mailboxes at homes across Ontario as part of the “De-Fund Abortion Pamphleting Blitz” on Jan. 14.

The aim was to raise awareness among taxpayers that their tax dollars are providing abortion services in the province.

“It works at the grassroots level to spread awareness about… abortion funding to motivate and activate the everyday person to contact their MPP,” said Alissa Golob, youth co-ordinator at Campaign Life Coalition, who ran the event.

About 150 youth took part in 24 ridings spanning the province, said Golob.

“Abortion is an elective procedure that is not medically necessary,” read the pamphlets, and listed other potential uses for the reported $30-$50 million of provincial funds that goes towards abortion in Ontario. That money could be better spent, the argument is made, on hiring more than 200 doctors, 400 nurses and treating an additional 500 autistic kids each year.

Golob said the blitz accomplished its goal of educating taxpayers and, hopefully, activation. “When we did a poll before the De-Fund Abortion Rally (held at Queen’s Park last fall) it said that 91 per cent of people weren’t even aware that abortion was funded by taxpayer dollars, so this was a great opportunity to let them know that,” she said.

Despite the severe cold weather alert as a deep-freeze struck cities across the province, the youth braved the elements and delivered all the pamphlets, said Golob.

“It was a really good way to make the young people feel like they’re doing something — and this is extremely important work reaching out to the everyday person,” she said.

“We know there’s just as many pro-lifers as there are people who support abortion so this was an opportunity to get our voices heard.”

This is the second pamphleting blitz run by the youth branch of Campaign Life Coalition.

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