Graphic anti-abortion pamphlets delivered to Moncton homes

MONCTON, N.B. – Some New Brunswick residents are expressing shock over graphic anti-abortion pamphlets arriving at their homes.

The pamphlets started arriving at doors in Fredericton on Monday. Thursday, Moncton residents were shocked to find them at their doors.

Some of the pamphlets were still visible in mailboxes and door handles Friday morning. The pamphlet has an image it claims is the bloody remains of a five-month-old aborted fetus.

It also features a photo of Liberal Leader Brian Gallant. The message reads “A vote for Brian Gallant and the Liberals is a vote for this.”

Sharon Ashfield’s neighbours received the pamphlets Thursday. She says she didn’t get one at her door, but she’s seen the images and calls them “scare tactics.”

“We hide magazines from kids and these people are hanging them on doorknobs,” she said. “I mean really that’s beyond, as far as I’m concerned.”

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She says the images are misleading.

“It looks like a half-term or full-term abortion and that’s when you see a fully formed child,” she said.

Other residents say they were disgusted by the images and didn’t want them in their neighbourhood.

A City of Moncton spokesperson said the city has received general comments about the pamphlets. But municipalities do not have the legislative authority to regulate material delivered to households.

Beth Lyons is the associate director of the YWCA in Moncton. She says the pamphlets send the wrong message to the public.

“It’s not about starting a dialogue it’s about inciting shame and fear in women and trans people looking to seek abortions,” she said.

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