Marking 50 Years of Death at the March for Life
Let me tell you about what the media chooses to ignore – the largest annual mass protest in Canada – March for Life. Hundreds of churches, schools, and pro-life groups were represented from all over the country, as thousands of pro-life Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 9th. Together, we were a voice for the voiceless – for the nearly 300 preborn babies killed in this country every day.
Our CitizenGO team was on-hand, including Gregory Mertz, CitizenGO USA Director, myself, along with a number of hard-working volunteers. We are so thankful for everyone who helped out, carried one of our signs, or picked up one of our free CitizenGO bags or t-shirts!
The day started out with prayer in various Ottawa churches. After that, we made our way to the Hill for a programme of guest speakers, music, and prayers for healing and repentance. We were honoured to hear Abby Johnson speak at the March, along with MP Brad Trost, MP David Anderson, and other pro-life leaders and clergy. (Abby Johnson is the former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose life story is chronicled in the blockbuster film “Unplanned”).
After the programme on the Hill, we walked in a large circuit through the streets of downtown Ottawa, avoiding the abortion “bubble zone” by order of police. We met up with a small number of pro-abortion counter-protesters, who were loud, vulgar, and obnoxious, as usual.
In spite of the cool temperatures and blustery winds, there were as many as 20,000 present. It was a huge group, and it sent a powerful message to our political leaders!
This year’s March was particularly solemn as it marked the 50th anniversary of legalized abortion. We called for an end to 50 years of killing in Canada – over 4 million lives lost. (Abortion was legalized under Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1969).
While we were in Ottawa for the March, I also had the opportunity to speak at a Parliamentary event hosted by MPs Trost and Anderson. This event focused on conscience rights for health care workers, especially relating to the provision of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
In my presentation, I spoke about the age-old battle for conscience rights, highlighting the classic defence of the apostle Peter: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29). I also discussed the power of petitions to effect change, raise public awareness of an issue, and give ordinary citizens a voice when they might otherwise think they have none.
I am thankful we were able to be there for this year’s March, and I want to express my gratitude for the prayers and financial assistance of our CitizenGO members in Canada.