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Foes of Guelph Transit ads should respond with their own

I am responding to a recent article regarding the controversial Guelph Transit ads paid for by Guelph and Area Right to Life (Tribune July 1).  The article presents the situation very well, in an unbiased manner.
I am personally not against a woman’s right to have the choice of whether or not to abort a pregnancy. As an atheist male, I should have no opinion on the matter, as it is a decision I will never have to fully feel the consequences of.
I do, however, believe in any person or organization’s right to have an opinion as long as it isn’t promoting hatred. I agree with the city’s position that refusing to post the anti-abortion advertisements is limiting the Guelph and Area Right to Life’s freedom of expression as laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
My suggestion is for those carrying out the petition to stop the ads. Instead of getting signatures to try and have the city deny the controversial signs, get those same people to donate money to post competing advertisements.  Put the money to good use, hire a marketing agency to design an ad that says something along the lines of “It is your choice and it is not a shameful one.”
In the ad, direct the person reading it to a support group for women who have had an abortion or are facing one of the most difficult decisions of their lives.
Julian Murphy

One Response to “Foes of Guelph Transit ads should respond with their own”

  1. crystal says:

    What is wrong with people?? To say that the abortion ads on the Guelph transit is disgusting is taking it to the extreme. One of the ad states, “Why abortion when there are alternatives!” Where is the wrong in that???

    I agree with you Julian if these ads are bothersome to some then they should start placing ads of their own. These are paid advertisements!!

    “Those have been running as long as I’ve lived in Guelph … and they’ve always pretty much disgusted me,” Millman tells CTV News.

    Disgust? How is promoting an alternative to woman other than abortion disgust? Have you ever surveyed or spoken to woman to see how they feel after abortion?? The hurt, shame, guilt, regret and the list goes on. Where is the wrong in advertising something good and putting out there that there is HOPE for woman who are going through this and that abortion shouldn’t be the answer. Good job Guelph Transit, it’s nice to see that there is still some good left in this world!!!!

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