Friday, April 19, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Pro-life supporter Josh Alcorn demonstrates in front of U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (Reuters/Jim Young)
Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, Stephanie Gray
We started this segment with a scene that's been playing out near Toronto-area high schools five days a week since January. About half a dozen people holding a lunch time demonstration to recruit a new generation of anti-abortion activists -- and, its organizers say --educate teenagers about abortion.
The demonstrators hold the familiar placards with the graphic photos --- their goal is to shock students into first stopping -- and then talking.
The images are nothing new. But these protests are called Choice Chains. And according to new Canadian research, it's one example of how anti-abortion activists' language is changing.
Stephanie Gray is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform. That's the anti-abortion group that's been organizing these demonstrations. And she was in Toronto.
Associate Professor at University of Ottawa, Paul Saurette
Paul Saurette is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies. He examines the communications strategies and language used by Canada's anti-abortion activists and supporters. He joined us from Ottawa.
University Health Network, Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson
Our next guest has watched for some time the way the two sides use words to subtly frame the debate, and she also sees new lines of discourse emerging.
Doctor Gail Erlick Robinson is the Director of the Women's Mental Health Program at the University Health Network in Toronto, and she joined us in studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbfleisch.
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