Some 25,000 pro-life people jammed the streets of Ottawa today for the March for Life in Canada in what some pro-life advocates say is the largest such event in recent history. The event marks the infamous passing of Trudeau’s Omnibus Bill in 1969 that struck down abortion laws and stripped away protection for Canada’s unborn children.
“Since 1969, millions of preborn children in Canada have been killed by abortion, including sex-selective abortions,” said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. “Unlike those who reject legal protection for children in the womb, even if that results in killing future generations of women and girls, the thousands who will march for life believe in the inherent dignity of every human being, born and preborn.”
The crowd ranges from college and high school students to senior citizens and includes people with political signs and others with religious symbols signifying their Christian faith.
But, during the event, a group of topless feminists made another effort to disrupt the March for Life to push their case for legalized abortion.
The Ottawa Sun has more on their failed attempt to stop the pro-life event.
Thousands of pro-life supporters are marching on Ottawa streets Thursday afternoon in the annual March for Life.
A group of topless protesters again tried to crash the event (the same thing happened at last year’s rally) but police quickly apprehended them and led them away (scroll down to see the video in our news blog).
The march itself began at 1:30 p.m. and is making its way down Elgin St. to Lisgar St. then Metcalfe St., Laurier Ave., Bank St. and down Wellington back to Parliament Hill.
Despite the protests, thousands of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill in what has become the largest annual political demonstration in Canada. A good portion of downtown Ottawa was closed to traffic as women, men and children walked through the streets expressing support for laws protecting children before birth.
“It is remarkable that in spite of the large numbers of people that attend this event every year, the political parties continue to ignore the very real concerns about human rights and justice that occupy the minds of pro-lifers,” said WeNeedaLAW.ca director Mike Schouten who was also in attendance at today’s event.
“Imagine 20,000 Canadians gathered on the Hill to protest the treatment of stray cats. I would venture to say we would have a response from each of the parties before most of those 20,000 people had packed their bags and headed for home,” continued Schouten.
Politicians have resisted the enactment of even the smallest restrictions on abortion in Canada.
“There are several reasons why the pro-life movement has not had any legislative successes. One is the false understanding that marching a few hours through the streets fills a pro-lifer’s quota of political activism for the year,” said Schouten.
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“Just as importantly, Canadians—while uncomfortable with the legislative vacuum—are opposed to the enactment of abortion laws because they fear that pro-lifers will not be content with just one restriction and would continue pushing for a greater recognition of the rights of children before birth.
“I find it lamentable people so opposed to a debate on abortion laws don’t trust their own beliefs to stand the test of public democratic debate. Perhaps they should ask themselves if their beliefs are based on science, or just fear-filled rhetoric,” said Schouten.
Canada is in a truly embarrassing position when it comes to legal protections of children before birth.
“We have a long road to travel before we come into line with other democracies. It will take a greater commitment from those dedicated to the pro-life cause. It will also take both Canadians and politicians who are not afraid of tackling the issue for fear that the debate will continue long after the first small victory is achieved,” concluded Schouten.
In May 1969, the nation’s Parliament passed Trudeau’s Omnibus Bill that struck down abortion laws and stripped away protection from Canada’s unborn children. 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 4 million abortions in Canada, resulting in the death of babies before birth and injuring countless women.