Opposing groups picket over abortion issue

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From left: Dylan Thompson, Betsy MacDonald and Vania MacMillan were among those picketing for pro choice. (Goodwin photo)

NEW GLASGOW — Groups on opposite sides of the abortion issue gathered on each side of East River Road on Sunday.

Ray Hodgson was among those picketing in opposition to abortion on behalf of National Life Chain.

Life Chain invites churches to pray for 90 minutes and hold posters with approved pro-life messages on the first Sunday in October.

Less than half the number from last year participated, he said.

“This is our 10th year organizing this,” he said. “We organize this once a year. Last year we had 40 to 50 people. We advertise about a month before in church bulletins and for men’s and women’s groups.”

The Pictou County Sexual Health Centre organized the pro choice picket.

“It’s about having the right to choose,” executive director Vania MacMillan said. “We don’t encourage or discourage people to get an abortion.”

Betsy MacDonald drew on her time working with women’s groups to explain her attendance.

“This is a very important issue for me,” she said. “No one has the right to moralize about women’s rights.”

From left: Pauline Vacheresse, Jenna Dwyer and Marie Benjamin recite the Rosary as part of the Pro Life picket.

(Goodwin photo)