Anti abor­tion flag causes stir at Ot­tawa city hall

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OT­TAWA — A flag hon­our­ing an anti-abor­tion move­ment caused a stir in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal af­ter it was raised at Ot­tawa City Hall.

The city pro­claimed Thurs­day “March for Life Day,” a dec­la­ra­tion that has been made in past years — but city coun­cil­lors said the anti-abor­tion group’s flag was flown at city hall as part of that procla­ma­tion for the first time. Seven city coun­cil­lors called for the flag to im­me­di­ately be taken down, say­ing in a joint let­ter that the flag rep­re­sents a “per­sonal con­vic­tion to re­strict a woman’s right to a safe and le­gal abor­tion.”

They said city pol­icy on flag rais­ings state “a procla­ma­tion will not be is­sued for mat­ters that ... rep­re­sent in­di­vid­ual con­vic­tion.” The coun­cil­lors also noted that the right to abor­tion is con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected.

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