We have all heard that saying. And I have now discovered that it is true.
When www.signs4life.ca put up bus shelter ads and then bus ads in Halifax, we knew there would be some controversy over them. But you can never predict these things until they happen. They are always a little different than you expect.
First Hilary Murphy, a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax, posted an online petition to Metro Transit and to Signs for Life, asking that the signs be taken down because they are offensive and hurtful to women.
To date, her petition has obtained over 1800 signatures. Signs for Life penned a response to the petition stating the purposes of the signs and the fact that there is no intention to remove these signs before Metro Transit takes them down.
You can read the petition here, and scroll down the page to read the reply from Signs for Life to Hilary.
The second reaction came from Allison Sparling, a graduate of Mount St. Vincent University. Allison decided to take a more pragmatic approach to her opposition to the signs. And she has initiated a counter fund-raising campaign with South House to put up signs supporting "Choice" and reproductive rights on the buses. Their goal is to raise $4000 and they are halfway there.
So what is the result of these efforts? As far as I can see, these two ladies have succeeded in spreading word about the Signs for Life campaign to over 3000 people who might not have heard about it otherwise. And because of these counter efforts, Signs for Life has had 10 media interviews, something that would not have happened were it not for them. Thanks!
I have posted links to Hilary's and Allison's webpages to give full disclosure. Do I worry that I might be helping them out and getting more support for them? not in the slightest. I refer back to the title of this post.