In Kelowna, British Columbia, Mayor Sharon Shepherd has bowed down to a Christian group and issued a proclamation that says September 24th to October 2nd will be “Protect Human Life Week.”
“It is the intention of this proclamation to promote respect and protection to all human life, especially the infirm, the aged, the handicapped and the unborn,” the Protect Human Life Week proclamation states.
“Aside from year one when she received a considerable amount of backlash from those who believe killing unborn babies is a good thing, she has largely escaped criticism of her show of tolerance toward the pro life community in the Central Okanagan. Supporters are encouraged to drop Mayor a Shepherd a quick note thanking her for respecting our mission,” the pro-life group said.
Yeah, she’ll respect human life… unless you’re a woman who needs an abortion, in which case she doesn’t give a shit about you.
Somehow, Mayor Shepherd has been able to do this for years with relatively little attention coming her way.
Ian Bushfield can’t believe it:
This is four years of a mayor putting a creepy religious attachment to their warped morality ahead of the interests of women, seniors, and the terminally ill.
They even plan to show Ben Stein’s horrendous movie Expelled. I’m not sure what that affront to human dignity has to do with respecting life, if anything I want the bit of my life back that I wasted watching it.
Interestingly enough, when Ottawa mayor Jim Watson did something similar back in May, he got a lot of flak for it. There’s no reason Shepherd should get off the hook this easily. At the very least, if she tries to get away with saying this is a “meaningless proclamation,” then let’s see if the British Columbia Humanist Association can get her to issue an official proclamation for an Abortion Rights Week. If it’s just a formality, she shouldn’t have a problem with it, right?
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. So let her know what you think, why this is a mistake, and how this proclamation crosses the lines of what she ought to do with her power. Please don’t be a dick when you write your letter — it won’t help — and feel free to repost your email in the comments below.