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Abortion memorial raised in Mount Elgin

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The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Oxford recently raised another abortion memorial in Oxford County.

The memorial was built on May 24 at Oxford Reformed Christian School in Mount Elgin following a pro-life open house which included pro-life training and information from local pro-life organizations.

The goal of the memorial is to trigger discussions on Canada’s status quo of unrestricted and publicly funded abortion-on-demand.

“In Canada, abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy and paid for by our tax dollars,” said James Van Gurp, vice-chair of ARPA Oxford in a media release, noting the high-traffic location on Highway 19 will provide excellent visibility.

“We’re hoping that pro-lifers and abortion supporters alike will be given reason to reflect on the 100,000 (abortions) every year.”

The memorial consists of 100 white crosses set in hay bales and includes signs from the campaign and ARPA Oxford. Another billboard shows a pre-born child in the womb and includes a Scripture quote from Psalm 139. Each cross represents one thousand pre-born babies aborted in Canada every year.

The Mount Elgin memorial is the second for ARPA Oxford in 2014 after a similar memorial was built in March on Highway 3 west of Tillsonburg. Last year, ARPA Oxford built its first memorial near Woodstock.

“Until they saw our memorials, many we heard from hadn’t realized how many pre-born Canadians are killed every year,” said ARPA Oxford board member Jonathon Van Maren in the media release, noting the memorials have generated significant feedback and discussion. “They recognize that this status quo is unacceptable and that it’s time we begin protecting our pre-born citizens.”

The memorials are part of a larger campaign sponsored by ARPA Canada to facilitate discussions about abortion around the country.

ARPA Oxford’s mandate is to educate, equip, and encourage Reformed Christians to political action and to bring a biblical perspective to civil authorities. The organization’s ongoing work will continue to engage the general public on a variety of issues facing society.

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