Note that this is a departure for them. This is the banner they dropped over a busy highway in Hamilton, ON.
And here's the fuzzed-out-for-public-consumption sample of the postcards they stuffed in people's maiboxes.
The bus ad is less gory, but no less lying hate propaganda.
First, the images. The 7-week fetus looks to be the same size or even bigger than the 16-week fetus. Which is misleading to say the least. According to this baby-friendly site, a 7-week fetus is the size of a blueberry and a 16-week fetus is the size of an avocado.
Next the words. "Abortion kills children." No. No children are involved in abortion. This is a blatant lie.
Then: "End the killing." This is a call to action. The gore gang does not specify how it wants people to "end" it, so a fanatic could interpret it as he sees fit.
As Robert Dear, the Colorado Planned Parenthood murderer, did. He said to police "no more baby parts," referring to the totally bogus claim that PP sells fetal tissue. Dear killed three people and injured nine more on a shooting spree outside a clinic.
Also, it's interesting that they chose those two stages of development.
Just about everyone -- pro- and anti-choice -- agree that 90% of abortions in Canada are done in the first trimester, earlier than 12 weeks.
A commonly cited study is the comprehensive POWER report (pdf), done in 2012 in Ontario.
From the Summary (page 93) under Abortion Rate:
Almost all procedures (93 percent) were early stage abortions (performed before 16 weeks gestation)."
As we've pointed out previously, later-term abortions represent a tiny proportion of abortions (0.4% after 20 weeks) and are overwhelmingly wanted pregnancies gone catastrophically wrong.
A very small number of abortions occur after 20 weeks of gestation primarily because the fetus is gravely or fatally impaired, or the woman's life or physical health is at risk, or both (Statistics
Canada, 2003; [link]). Many impairments or health risks are not detectable until after the 24th week of gestation.
So, by representing the 16th week in the ad, the fetal gore gang is singling out those people who have and provide abortions after 16 weeks.
A tiny group of people but "an identifiable group."
And that's what makes this "hate propaganda" as defined in the Criminal Code.
Not only are the images deliberately deceptive and cruelly triggering for people who have had miscarriages or later-term abortions for horrible reasons, add in the words and we've got hate propaganda.
This is why this shit needs to be stopped.
If you haven't yet, please join the nearly 4,000 Canadians who have signed a petition calling on the federal government to regulate this lying hate speech.