Big, Young Crowd Converges on Canada Capital to Defend Life

Cardinal Collins Calls for Clarity and Charity

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By Maria Dalgarno

OTTAWA, Ontario, MAY 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The 15th annual March for Life in Ottawa drew close to 20,000 to Parliament Hill on Thursday, as marchers called for an end to abortion. 

The date is chosen as it falls in line with the anniversary of the passage of the “Omnibus Bill” in 1969, brought into law by deceased Prime Minister Elliot Trudeau.

The biggest majority in the ever-growing crowd of marchers were youth, with families, religious, educators, workers, professionals -- people from all walks of life -- joining them. The organizers, the Campaign Life Coalition, said the numbers of youth are growing every year. They have joined the ranks of those before them forming protagonists for life all over Canada. Jim Hughes, CLC's national president said he hopes for an "even larger march next year and encourages all the provincial marches commemorating the death of four million Canadian children before birth.”

Some bishops are leading local marches in their own dioceses.

Canada is the only developed nation without any restrictions on abortion and it is legal in Canada to kill a baby right up until shortly before birth. Abortion in Canada is fully covered by taxpayer's money. CLC launched a Defund Abortion Campaign two years ago with great success.

MP Stephen Woodworth, one of 18 MPs from the Conservative party, who all took part in the March, has put forth Motion-312, to examine the present Criminal Code that says an unborn baby is not a human being until he/she exits the birth canal. The motion is asking for a parliamentary committee to look at the scientific evidence on what makes a human being. It was a blow to many when Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, said he personally would vote against this motion. However Woodworth, in his comments, said that human rights are inalienable and are not a gift from the state that Parliament can cancel at any time. 

From the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Bruce Clemenger clarified that even though Canada’s Supreme Court struck down the abortion law it did not in fact grant a right and there is no right to abortion.

Cardinals, bishops, priests and other religious leaders travelled to the capitol with many of their own flocks to the march. 

Seven Catholic Bishops also greeted the crowd at the March. Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Toronto Archdiocese spoke about the need for love, clarity and charity when discussing the sanctity of life. And Bishop Nicola De Angelis of Peterborough in his homily to an over-flowing church in St. Patrick's Basilica reflected that without children there is no need for schools; without children there is no family, there is no future society.