By Patricia Maloney
There is no legal protection for the unborn in Canada. But that doesn’t mean pro-lifers will roll over and play dead.
At our recent 14th annual National March for Life in Ottawa, march organizers estimated some fifteen thousand Canadians took part in this year’s march. Young and old walked together peacefully through our downtown capital city of Ottawa.
We carried signs, we laughed, we sang.
Our theme was “Abortion kills a human being.”
At one point the march took us past the expected small group of loud “pro-choicers” shouting slogans at the marchers. Most of us simply ignored them and their “My body my choice” chants.
I wanted to say to them, “But it isn’t your body, it’s a brand new human being–oh never mind, I don’t want to confuse you with the facts.”
Instead I stayed silent and kept on marching.
The irony of all these “pro-choice” protesters, is that across the street from where they yelled, is our Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument.
On the monument is inscribed the first words of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Double irony really, since hundreds of thousands of Canadians are never born at all.
Even though we have no legal protection for the unborn, even though our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, continues to say he will not re-open the abortion debate, I feel a subtle shift in the direction the wind is blowing here in Canada. For instance, there was more media coverage
of the march this year than in previous years. And even Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, who calls himself “pro-choice,” proclaimed the day “Respect for Life Day”.
This proclamation has occurred in our city since 2002, but this year the “pro-choicers” made a big deal of it saying that the proclamation threatens a woman’s right to choose. To which the National Post retorted in an editorial, “What rubbish. If a woman must be protected from opposing points of view in order to choose abortion, then perhaps her decision was ill-considered in the first place.”
I don’t know, but I think the “pro-choicers” might be a little bit worried. Maybe they’re finally starting to see that, despite the numerous obstacles they place in our way, we will not give up. We will not give up until we end the nightmare of unlimited publicly funded abortions in Canada. We will not give up until protection for the unborn becomes real.
We will march in our city every year. Our numbers will increase. We will finally stop when we achieve what we set out to do.
Patricia Maloney is a Canadian pro-life blogger who can be read at http://run-with-life.blogspot.com/