Thousands of Pro-Lifers Flood the Streets in Canada’s March for Life

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 11, 2017   |   6:16PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Tens of thousands of pro-life Canadians marched for unborn babies’ right to life Thursday in Ottawa, waving flags and holding signs that celebrate the dignity of every human life.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the pro-life march, according to the Catholic Register. Last year, an estimated 25,000 people attended, and organizers hoped to break the record this year, the report states.

Photos and social media posts from Thursday indicate that the crowd size probably did break the record, but LifeNews could not find an official estimate. The CBC reported “hundreds” of people attended the march, but mainstream news outlets tend to vastly underestimate March for Life numbers.

The theme was “Life: We Stand on Guard for Thee,” inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, according to organizers with the Campaign Life Coalition.

Throughout the day, pro-lifers held prayer services and Masses at various locations in the capital. At noon, they gathered on Parliament Hill for a rally, followed by a march through downtown Ottowa.

Canada is one of the most anti-life countries in the world, allowing abortions for any reason up to birth. Assisted suicide and euthanasia also recently became legal in the nation.

Despite these discouragements, the crowd on Thursday seemed to be positive and hopeful. Many college students and families appeared to be in attendance.

The March for Life in the U.S. celebrated with Canadians by posting this tweet:

However, abortion activists quickly expressed outrage at the flag, prompting city officials to remove it, CBC reports.

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Here are more images from the March for Life in Canada: