by Steven Ertelt
July 12, 2006
Toronto, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Sometimes one of the most powerful methods of fighting abortion is a personal story. For millions of women, their painful and traumatic abortion experience can be a tremendous testimony that can prompt others to choose abortion alternatives or rethink their position on abortion. A pro-life group in Toronto thinks that’s the case.
The Right to Life Association of Toronto is planning a billboard education campaign featuring outdoors advertisements sponsored by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
The ads will run on signs across Toronto starting this week and ending in early August.
One large billboard and fifteen street level ads will be on display around downtown Toronto. The image on the billboards shows a large group of women who have had abortions and lived to regret them.
Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, will be featured on the signs. She has previously said the "guilt made me ill" following her abortion.
"You cannot argue with the lived experience of these women," Natalie Hudson, the group’s executive director said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
"For them, abortion is a physically painful, humiliating experience that has denied them motherhood and left them coping with long-term grief reactions, and they are not supposed to talk about that?" she asked in response to abortion advocates who would rather they remain silent.
Hudson pointed to studies showing that post-traumatic reactions are found among women who abort, and especially among teens and low-income women.
A major study published this year in the Journal of Child Psychology, the largest of its kind, found that "those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance use disorders."
"Society tends to shut down discussion about the aftermath of abortion," Hudson said.
"People will talk about the ills of smoking or breast cancer, but no one dares mention the "a-word" despite the numerous studies that have documented high levels of post traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral problems related to it," Hudson explained.
In Canada today there are over 2.5 million women have experienced abortion.