campaign-life-website-thumb-1.png
campaign-life-website-thumb-1.png This article is more than 7 years old

Why is there a gun aimed at a doctor’s face on the homepage of Canada’s largest “pro life” group?

Apparently it’s “pro life” to feature pictures of doctors with handguns pointed at their faces on your website’s homepage. The above screen grab comes from the website of the Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s biggest anti-abortion lobbyist and organizers of the annual “March for Life”. The prominent image that greets visitors features a model dressed as a doctor […]

1campaignlife-screengrab-0.jpg

Apparently it’s “pro life” to feature pictures of doctors with handguns pointed at their faces on your website’s homepage.

The above screen grab comes from the website of the Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s biggest anti-abortion lobbyist and organizers of the annual “March for Life”.

The prominent image that greets visitors features a model dressed as a doctor looking down the barrel of a handgun that’s pointed at his face at point blank range. The unseen person holding the gun has the words “obey” scribbled across their knuckles.

Campaign Life Coalition describes its mission as defending “the sanctity of human life,” increasing “respect and protection for human life” and standing up against “the culture of death” that “spawns new threats to human life, the family and freedom.”

But apparently they’re OK with pictures of guns pointed at doctor’s faces.

Given how many abortion doctors have been gunned down and threatened with violence by “pro life” extremists, one could consider this imagery to be in poor taste to say the least. 

It bears noting that the Coalition website also includes several sections targeted at young people. In other words, the children logging onto the website of an organization that says it champions “the family” would have to pass past this graphic imagery when they log on.

Responding to the 2009 murder of a Kansas abortion doctor,  Coalition National President Jim Hughes said “not only is this sort of violence seriously damaging to the pro-life cause, it is also deeply contrary to everything that is meant by the phrase pro-life.”

Mr. Hughes might start by paying more attention to his own website.

UPDATE (July 29th):

Campaign Life Coalition appears to have decided to tone things down and quietly swapped the photo of the handgun pointed at the doctor for something a little less “in your face”:

2clc-updated.jpg

However, the photo still remains elsewhere on the Coalition’s website (as well as on the group’s Facebook and Twitter streams): 

3clc-blog_0.jpg

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

fire Explainer

Ontario PC MPP Floats Idea of Replacing Teachers With Pre-Recorded Videos To Cut Education Costs

Related Stories

Explainer

Why Powerful People Refuse to Take Action on Urgent Issues

View the post
Explainer

What Is Sectoral Bargaining and How Can It Help Canada’s Working Class?

View the post
Analysis

BC’s Investments in For-Profit Child Care Could Undercut Promises of Higher Wages and Lower Fees, Advocates Say

View the post

Explainers

Power and democracy

Andrea Reimer

Why Powerful People Refuse to Take Action on Urgent Issues

View the post
Work & rights

Liz Walker and Shanice Regis-Wilkins

What Is Sectoral Bargaining and How Can It Help Canada’s Working Class?

View the post

Emma Arkell

Why Is The Pandemic’s Economic Harm Disproportionately Impacting Young Women?

View the post