If you drove past Barton School on the afternoon of Feb. 14, maybe you saw me or my signs.
I stood at the mouth of the driveway with a sign that said “No shame” and placed two other signs that read, “You are loved” and “You are supported” in a nearby snow bank.
In the last year, at least seven new anti-choice signs appeared in Digby County. One is at the entrance to Barton School. I feel many emotions when I see these signs and recently decided helplessness should not be one of them.
Signs that read “Choose life, your mother did”, “Children are a gift from god”, etc., perpetuate an atmosphere of guilt and shame around the issues of abortion and reproductive justice.
People should have a choice to have children or not, and be able to parent those children in safe and healthy environments, free from violence, poverty and oppression.
Anti-choice sentiment has been visible in this end of the province most of my life. I want to let community members and visitors know there are people here who support choice and reproductive justice.
I don’t have a visible front lawn for my signs, so I will be back in the Barton School driveway on Sunday, March 8, International Women’s Day, from 1-2 p.m. If you support reproductive justice, please feel free to join. You are welcome, but not required, to bring your own signs.
Lisanne Turner, Ashmore