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PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES ARE planning for
record numbers at this year’s March
Campaign Life Coalition, organizer
of the event, hopes more than 25,000
gather at Parliament Hill on May 12
to support ending abortion in Canada
and make this the largest march yet,
says Mary Ellen Douglas, the coalition’s
Prayers and speeches open the
event at noon before participants walk
the streets with banners proclaiming
this year’s theme, #endthekilling. A
dinner, featuring speaker Obianuju “Uju”
Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life
Africa, an African pro-life organization,
occurs in the evening. An all-day youth
conference is scheduled for May 13.
Same-day marches are also planned
in the capital cities of most provinces,
with residents of Ontario and Quebec
encouraged to join the national event.
Campaign Life Coalition organizes
transportation to and from Ottawa.
The march aims to show federal
politicians pro-life Canadians aren’t
silent on the issue of abortion. This
is particularly important with a new
government, says Douglas.
These are “very serious moral
times in Canada,” Douglas says, citing
Canadian support for doctor-assisted
suicide and euthanasia. People are
The marches across Canada on May 12
begin with prayer services.
“The only answer to this issue is to
begin with prayer,” says Douglas, “and
when you pray and you put it in God’s
hands, then the next urge you get
is to move.” Campaign Life Coalition
estimates 100,000 abortions happen in
Canada each year. –MEAGAN GILLMORE
more concerned about animal life than
the thousands of children abortions
kill, she says.
The coalition encourages
involvement in all political parties,
but it prioritizes prayer. A candlelight
prayer vigil will be held at the Canadian
Tribute to Human Rights Monument
in Ottawa on the evening of May 11.
This year Canada’s
March for Life
takes place on