Canada March for Life Features 10,000 People, Little National Media Coverage

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 14, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canada March for Life Features 10,000 People, Little National Media Coverage

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 14
, 2009

Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Today, nearly 10,000 people from across Canada participated in the national March for Life, but there is little indication in the mainstream media that anything took place. The Canadian March for Life has occurred for twelve years, but the event marked 40 years of legal abortions.

Writing in the National Post today, columnist Michael Coren notes the lack of media coverage. In fact, at press time, only he and LifeNews.com have covered the March for Life have covered the pro-life event today.

Coren notes there is routinely "hardly any mention of the event in the media — a contrast with the numerous protests a fraction of the size that tend to receive full and fulsome coverage."

That is despite the fact that the March for Life is "intensely reflective of the authentic Canada, unlike most other demonstrations: Conservative and Liberal, able-bodied and handicapped, black and white, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, from every region and background."

"One would think this diversity would make it almost worthy of a heritage moment on the CBC or a government grant. Instead it makes the shapers of establishment opinion extraordinarily uncomfortable. As does, of course, any mention of the abortion issue," he says.

Coren notes a hugely discriminatory view in Canada against pro-life advocates — that has gone as far as to silence pro-life student groups at Canadian college campuses.

"Many of the Ottawa marchers will tell of being silenced and insulted even for suggesting such a point of view. It is hard to doubt them when student unions so regularly remove funding from pro-life groups and zealots harass pro-life speakers and work to defeat politicians, whatever their politics, who oppose abortion," Coren explains.

Ultimately, Coren calls on Canadians to at least listen to the pro-life advocates and their arguments, something he doesn’t expect to happen.

He calls someone taking the time to consider the pro-life perspective "startlingly uncommon" and for other Canadians to open their minds "will require a great deal more marching."

In May 1969, the Canadian government approved the passage of a bill that took off the books many of the protective laws the nation had in place.

Then, in January 1988, the nation’s abortion law was struck down from the Criminal Code by the Supreme Court of Canada resulting in full legal abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

As a result, there have been more than 3.5 million abortions in Canada, resulting the death of babies before birth and injuring countless women.

The event is taking place on the heels of a poll showing Canadians may become more aware of caducity of human life if they understood that abortion is allowed nationwide for any reason throughout pregnancy.

A new poll by the Angus Reid polling firm has found that a vast majority of Canadians do not know, under the country’s current legal situation, that abortion is permitted at any time from conception up to the moment of birth.

The poll found 92 percent of the respondents did not know that is the case.

Canada experienced fewer abortions in 2005 according to its most recent national figures. Overall, Statistics Canada indicates abortions lowered to 96,815 during that year, a decline of 3.2 percent from the 100,039 in 2004.

In 2002, there were 105,154 abortions in Canada compared with a figure of 106,270 in 2001. The number of abortions in Canada peaked in 1997 at 112,000.

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