by Steven Ertelt
November 9, 2006
Toronto, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Canadian pro-life advocates have some consoling words for their U.S. counterparts after American pro-life organizations experienced defeat in Tuesday night elections. Their message for their friends south of the border? Don’t give up.
"I imagine this set-back is similar to what the abolitionists suffered with changes in government in their time until their ultimate victory against slavery," Jim Hughes, president of the Campaign Life Coalition said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
However, Hughes said he’s worried the pro-abortion victories in capturing Congress and defeating pro-life measures at the polls will prompt abortion advocates in Canada to press ahead with efforts there to promote abortion.
"Even though the U.S. system of government is different than ours, we can expect that the events in the U.S. will embolden the pro-abortion politicians in Canada," Hughes said.
"This challenges us to find, encourage and support candidates who have the moral fortitude to run for elected office in provincial elections and the upcoming federal election," Hughes explained. "Canada needs men and women who are prepared to stand up and not hang their morality on the tree outside the legislatures."
After voters in South Dakota turned back an abortion ban there, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Sarah Stoesz claimed it was a victory for people who are "open-minded and progressive" but the Canadian pro-life group took exception with the comment.
"In reality, it is not open-minded to accept the fact that innocent lives are being destroyed in their mothers wombs," countered Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer of CLC.
Campaign Life Coalition will remain diligent in its role of obtaining a law to protect all human life from conception until natural death, the group said. CLC will continue to seek out and support pro-life and family politicians until victory is obtained.