Open letter to Mayor Sharon Shepherd:
The BC Humanist Association is opposed to your decision to proclaim Protect Human Life Week on September 24, 2011, for the fourth consecutive year. We feel that this proclamation is an affront to women’s legal rights and the separation of church and state.
Abortion has been decriminalized in Canada since 1969 and legal since 1988. Maintaining this legality is critical for women to achieve equality in our society. Further, studies have shown that in municipalities where abortion is criminalized, abortion rates are no different than when it is legal, but the abortions performed are much more dangerous .
The Kelowna Right to Life Society that is hosting Protect Human Life Week, also appears to be religiously motivated. Many events during their planned week are to be held in Kelowna churches and they are showing a movie critical of evolution—a topic only related to the Pro- Life movement through Evangelical Christianity. Finally, their “History” page on their website ends with the phrase “With God on our side!”. The BC Humanists believe that city councils and mayors should avoid using the power of their office to promote one religious viewpoint or another.
We therefore ask that you cancel your planned proclamation.
BC Humanist Association,