I’d like to respond on behalf of the Kamloops Prolife Society regarding complaints launched about our street banner.
Although we not sure of our mayor’s or City councillors’ stance on abortion and other life issues, we do know that they have been openly supportive of free speech. There are a number of other advocacy groups in Kamloops that are allowed to express their views on certain issues, and they have been able to do so with banners as long as they are not in violation of City policy. The Pro-life Society should not be treated any differently.
Secondly, a letter to City council opposing the banner includes details about Kelowna’s mayor deciding, for the first time in five years, not to make an official proclamation for Protect Human Life Week.
The situation here is quite different. Kamloops Pro-life has not requested an official proclamation, only that our message be allowed to be seen. For City council’s commitment to promote an open, free exchange of ideas, we are very thankful.
Coun. Nelly Dever and Coun. Donovan Cavers have expressed their concern for women, and so do we — the Kamloops Prolife Society promotes life-affirming alternatives to abortion, in part because of the physical and emotional harm suffered by many women due to post-abortion syndrome. This trauma is not a pro-life fabrication, but a well-documented phenomenon partially attested to by those who have joined the Silent No
More organization. Our concern extends to these individuals through our support for the counselling they need.
Lastly, our banner’s message is not ugly or hurtful. It affirms the value of every human being, whether they are unborn, born, young, old, disabled, differently enabled, believer, non-believer, pro-life or not. Some will support our message, and some will not, but the fact that it opens the door to discussion, thought and learning about life issues is what is important to us.
From the standpoint of an advocacy and educational group, that is all we are asking for.
Thank you for your continued coverage on this matter.
Kamloops Prolife Society