OTTAWA —The only time Ruth Lobo felt afraid during her arrest on the Carleton University campus last October, was when the Ottawa police slammed the doors of the paddy wagon and left her inside alone.
“I didn’t know what was happening and I couldn’t see my team,” the 23-year-old student said. Until that moment she had felt “righteous anger” when she and five others were handcuffed after a confrontation with university authorities.
Lobo and five other students were arrested Oct. 4 for trying to mount a controversial pro-life display on the Carleton University campus. They expected confrontation, but they did not expect Ottawa Police to cart them away.
“When things like that happen it really forces you to grow up,” she said.
It’s not only the arrest that has forced her to count the cost. Since then she and her fellow demonstrators have “experienced a lot of rejection from close friends and people in the Catholic community.”
People have told her they don’t like the images they use from the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), which graphically compare the destruction of unborn children with recent genocides, including the Holocaust.
Lobo represents a new face of the pro-life movement in Canada. She is one of many young pro-life activists prepared to use tactics that make people uncomfortable. Lobo and her counterparts are influenced by the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform (CCBR), which created the GAP project.
“CCBR’s tactics have proven to be effective in saving babies and helping women,” Lobo said.
CCBR is training up a new movement of young pro-life leaders. “They set a new standard of what the pro-life movement looks like – it’s full of young, articulate, confident and intelligent young people who are not afraid and who have the ability to endure suffering.”
Her arrest took place almost 22 years to the day of her arrival in Canada as the newly-adopted baby daughter of Ottawa residents Ben and Maria Lobo, who already had three children of their own. They had felt led to adopt a child from their native India and prayed to receive this child into their devout family.
Lobo’s birth mother had sought shelter in a Bangalore convent that provided help for single mothers.
Last summer, working for CCBR and telling her story on city sidewalks to people confronted by the GAP imagery, Lobo realized how the pro-life cause gives meaning to her life as an adopted child. (Source)
“Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed– and a sword will pierce even your own soul–to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
It isn’t Ruth that needs to grow up; it’s most of the Catholic hierarchy and professional Catholics in this country that do. They reject the pictures because they do not really understand or accept the horror of what abortion is. These wilting violets will be in for a big surprise at the Judgement when we must all face IN VIVID IMAGERY the horror of what our own personal sin has wrought in our lives. Needless to say, our precious sensitivities are not going to be saved by the Government or Censorship U. then – that’s for sure. So we had better get used to it in this life, and confront what we have permitted to happen to the most innocent and least of these.
From a Catholic perspective, this false sense of self righteous indignation at the “offensiveness” of these pictures needs to be thoroughly expunged from the pro-life movement. Hell is pretty offensive too. Its images are eternally more grotesque. Oh, and did I mention that Hell was eternal as well?
If you’re a wilting violet reading this, you need to consult your own Faith and its tradition to understand that heaven does indeed give a damn where you end up and is willing to show you it – despite your precious sensitivities. Our Lady showed the children Hell. Funny how the Mother of God wasn’t too concerned about upsetting the children, in order to save them and the world from a much worse fate.