We were trying to save lives, not cause offence
I WOULD like to respond to Mr D Carter's letter (Tuesday) regarding what he called the 'inappropriate protest' of 'anti-abortion protesters' at the Olympic torch celebrations on the Hoe.
I am one of the people whom he has labelled that way. I, along with 15 other people, distributed leaflets. These were given to people to inform them of the tragedy and scale of abortion in our land. We didn't shout at anybody, nor did we seek to cause offence. Mr Carter said of himself "I express no opinion on the issue of abortion." However I would respectfully ask him to express an opinion about the information given on the leaflet. Part of it read: "70 days: the time it takes for the Olympic torch to travel from Land's End to the Olympic stadium. 70 days: during the same time over 40,000 unborn babies are killed by abortion in Britain."
On the back of the leaflet was writ: "Be a torch bearer for unborn children." The leaflet explains the amazing process which takes place from day 1 of conception until birth, and gives the information that "one abortion takes place every three minutes in Britain today."
Why it is inappropriate to hand out a leaflet showing factual information about the scale of abortion and scientific information concerning the process of a baby's development? We spoke to many people, the vast majority of whom were supportive of what we were doing. We were considerate, polite and had many friendly conversations with people of all ages.
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Yes we did get shouted at angrily by a couple of people. We did not respond in anger but continued to do what we were there for, giving out information that will hopefully cause some people to seriously think about the issue of abortion. What part of this is inappropriate? Mr Carter is entitled to his view, and I respect his right to give it. However unborn children cannot express their views. I felt Mr Carter insinuated in his letter that we were there intending to cause offence to people. There was nothing further from our minds. We were there to save the lives of babies.
Since the 1967 abortion act we have aborted in excess of 7.5 million babies in the UK. We feel it is time for people to speak up. You may express no opinion about these deaths Mr Carter, but please don't criticise those who do.