Pro Life Organization Requests Review of City Decision to Remove Controversial Ads

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 12:42pm

By Sam Borsato & Pat Siedlecki

The Lethbridge and District Pro-Life Association (LPL) is hoping the court system can change the City of Lethbridge's mind about posting ads that have to do with abortion.

The LPL requested a judicial review on January 14 of a decision by the City to reject five advertisements. One of those ads, which contained an image of a fetus with the caption "Preborn Babies Feel Pain, Say No to Abortion", was removed in April. The City says it received numerous complaints opposing the ad posted on billboards and bus benches around Lethbridge.
The Ad Standards Council of Canada also reviewed a complaint about the preborn babies ad. It concluded at the end of May that the message "demeaned and disparaged women who have had or who are considering having an abortion, by implying women who decide to terminate their pregnancy intentionally inflict pain on their unborn fetus."
In a recent post on the LPL website, the organization says the City of Lethbridge will not allow future ads due to "adverse community reaction" and the "heightened awareness to the LPL brand." The pro-life group adds that the City also refused to listen to two petitions that garnered over 3000 signatures in support of the LPL's right to free speech.
"The city has made it clear that if you don't hold the same opinion as the City, you will not be treated equally," said Carol Crosson, the constitutional lawyer representing the LPL. "The Charter requires that the City respect the right to freedom of expression, and act in an unbiased fashion."
The judicial review is scheduled for October 10 at the Lethbridge courthouse.

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