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Letter: Anti-abortion protests at KGH called bullying

To the editor:

I was interested to read a letter in which the writer complained about the media article that labelled pro-life members as “anti-abortion.”

The writer deemed the terminology “disrespectful.”

Further on in the letter, the writer referred to “the old man in front of KGH on Tuesday mornings” ending the paragraph with “we are all humans in need of love and respect.”

I take great exception to those people who parade their anti-abortion signs in front of Kelowna General Hospital on Tuesdays, the day that pregnancy terminations are performed.

I do not think that their actions display “love and respect” at all.

Canada now has a law against cyber bullying. Schools and work places are being more proactive in regards to bullying.

Action is being taken in an attempt to protect Canadians from any form of bullying.

I view the parading of anti-abortion signs outside the main entrance to KGH as mean and painful bullying.

What gives them the right to foist their opinions and pass judgement, by implication, on someone who is going to undergo an abortion?

There are so many reasons beyond “extreme birth control” for abortions.

How do they know why the patient is having an abortion?

What effect does this bullying have on a grieving patient having to have a “medically necessary” termination?

Or on any patient entering the hospital for the procedure? They all have their rights too.

An abortion is a legal operation in Canada. No matter what anyone’s opinion of abortion is, I believe they have no right to public ally shame and harass patients through their actions.

This harassment should stop. If the law can stop the cyber bully, this too should be stopped.

N. Taylor,

West Kelowna


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