The Catholic Women’s League of Canada continues its annual Pornography Hurts postcard campaign that aims to increase awareness among the general public of the harmful effects of pornography while urging elected officials to re-evaluate the current regulation of pornography.

League members are called to uphold the dignity of all people everywhere. Pornography is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in part, as offending “against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other,” and as a “grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others.” Pornography has documented harmful effects on brain chemistry, sexual performance and relationships, and there have been multiple documented cases of participants being mentally, verbally and physically abused, sexually violated, abused as children or exposed to child abuse, or trafficked.

The Pornography Hurts campaign was first launched in August 2013, in a sense to replace the White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign which had occurred annually since 1989. With the folding of CASE, the group that had organized that campaign, The Catholic Women’s league began the postcard campaign. The aim is to raise awareness about the dangers of pornography among members, the general public and members of parliament. Each year since the campaign was launched, members have “blitzed” elected officials and government officers with postcards printed with a variety of statistics related to the harm pornography causes to society.

The League has a long history of concern about pornography with resolutions to government dating back to 1921.

St. Augustine’s Pornography Hurts Postcard campaign takes place at all masses one weekend in February, the month assigned by the National Council for Manitoba Councils to conduct their campaign. If you still have not mailed your postcard, it is not too late. You do not need to wait for a specific time or campaign to make your concerns about pornography, sexual abuse and the related topic of human trafficking, known to our representatives at all levels of government. Send a letter to one or all of the following: The Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Justice, the Minister for Families and our own Member of Parliament.

No postage is necessary to send mail to Parliament.

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