What it is
"Choice" Chain is a pro-life demonstration that exposes the injustice of abortion. It can be done by pro-life organizations or by groups of individuals. It involves people standing on public sidewalks primarily holding 3x4-foot signs of first-trimester aborted babies. Post-abortive women and men who participate are encouraged to hold "I Regret My Abortion" and "I Regret Lost Fatherhood" signs. Besides these messages, participants hand out pamphlets to passersby and engage people in discussions.
Why it's done
It is imperative that pro-lifers teach others that each of the approximately 100,000 abortions performed in Canada is a human rights violation that must be stopped. But this is made difficult because many Canadians avoid the uncomfortable subject of abortion through silence and indifference. Many people refuse to go out of their way to learn about abortion, let alone learn about it from a pro-life perspective.
"Choice" Chain is a powerful way to compel thought and debate on this controversial topic. By bringing the evidence of what abortion does to the pre-born to the public, Canadians who do not want to think about the issue are compelled to deal with its gravity. The event stimulates public dialogue and ensures that the discussions occur in light of the reality of abortion.
By engaging the public with "Choice" Chain, pro-lifers aim to achieve these goals:
- Save babies
- Stimulate a debate on abortion that has long been silenced
- Change minds towards the pro-life view
- Spare women from the physical, emotional, and spiritual damage that abortion inflicts
- Encourage women and men who have been involved with abortion to seek post-abortive counselling
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of using graphic signs to pro-life groups who might be willing to obtain and use "Choice" Chain signs, and
- Recruit and train future pro-life leaders
How it Works
Select a leadership team to do background work, such as ordering signs, selecting the "Choice" Chain location, date, and time, and managing logistics (e.g., transporting the signs). CCBR has a manual for overseeing these details.
After being trained in pro-life apologetics and strategy, participants stand on busy public sidewalks and hold the signs. Generally, signs are displayed in pairs, with volunteers holding the signs while standing side by side or back to back. Volunteers with signs hand out pamphlets; however, other volunteers nearby, without signs, may offer written materials to passers-by. All volunteers, with neither signs nor pamphlets, may engage in discussion with members of the public wishing to do so. Cognizant of pertinent city bylaws, the placement of the signs should not block the way of members of the public along any sidewalk. At least one volunteer is responsible for videotaping the event. Volunteers will also take still photos when necessary.
If you have text-based or non-graphic image signs, ensure that they are interspersed between every other abortion photo. All signs are to be held by volunteers.
"Choice" Chain can be done as often as a group is able. Certainly doing it more frequently generates greater experience and comfort and, most importantly, impact. Since "Choice" Chain relies on a base of volunteers, it’s best to do it more often but for shorter periods, rather than less frequently for longer time frames. Aim for a 1 to 2-hour demonstration that is held during a busy time, such as the lunch hour.
Where it Has Happened
From approximately 2003 to 2005, CCBR staff and volunteers participated in weekly "Choice" Chain abortion demonstrations in various busy locales in Vancouver.
Since the Fall of 2009, "Choice" Chain has also been done in Calgary and is ongoing there.
In June 2010, "Choice" Chain was done in Okotoks, High River, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat. Since the fall of 2010, it has been shown outside the hospital in Kelowna once a month.
It has also been exhibited at Carleton University, the University of Calgary, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the streets of Ottawa.
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