12,500 Gather on Parliament Hill for Canadian March for Life

OTTAWA, May 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) –  Under balmy skies greeted with prayers of thanksgiving by those recalling last year’s cold and blustery weather, thousands of pro-life Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the 2010 Canadian March for Life on Thursday.

The sun and the warm breeze were only the first of the many blessings noted by speakers who addressed the crowd, which Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, estimated at about 12,500 people.

“This is something that God sent us as a special gift,” said Hughes, the main organizer of the annual pro-life event, about the weather. “Other special gifts include all those that have come up here. I want to congratulate all the teachers and the chaperones and you young people who’ve come.”

“God bless you all and let’s continue to bring life to Canada!” Hughes said to cheers.

Other speakers joined Hughes in praising the huge number of teens and young adults that made up a large percentage of the crowd. They also thanked the group of Members of Parliament, the significant number of Catholic bishops, and other prominent clergy who traveled to the event to show their support.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Primate of Canada, gave a moving speech, as well as Bishop Nicola de Angelis of Peterborough, who said to the crowds: “My message is very simply, my friends, just to remind you that God created life. God did not create death. We don’t own our lives.

“We are the custodians of our life. It is up to God to call our life back whenever he decides and nobody can anticipate for any selfish initiative to terminate life.

“Every child that is born is a sign that God is not tired of man. Remember this my friends: welcome children to life,” he urged.

“I congratulate you dear friends, particularly young people, so many young people are here,” said the bishop. “Dear friends, and most of all young people, in promoting and defending life, you don’t count your personal costs. … You are always in the front line trenches, day by day, bearing witness for the cause of life.

“May God strengthen you and give you joy in your undertakings.” 
Other prominent clergy present on the Hill included: Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Bishop Luc Cyr of Valleyfield, Quebec, Bishop Stephen Chmilar of the Ukrainian Church in Toronto, Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke, Ontario, Bishop John Pazak of the Canadian Slovaks of the Byzantine Rite in Canada, Bishop Brendan O’Brien of Kingston, Bishop Terrence McGrattan, the auxiliary bishop of Toronto, Bishop Ibrahim M. Ibrahim of the Catholic Greek Melkites of Canada, and Bishop Car Reid of the Traditional Anglican Catholics.

Shortly after Bishop de Angelis concluded his remarks, former Member of Parliament Pat O’Brien took the podium to introduce the twenty-one members of parliament who were present. O’Brien praised the courage of the MPs, telling the crowds that pro-life MPs are often under immense pressure to ignore their convictions, and that the “stick and carrot” are often used to coerce them to keep quiet on the issue of life.

“These are the kind of MPs that we have, and that we need more of,” said O’Brien. 

Rod Bruinooge, Chairman of the Pro-Life Parliamentary Caucus, and MP for Winnipeg South, told the throngs that, “It’s been a real privilege to chair the pro-life caucus over the last few years.

“It’s something I really believe in. I believe in the value of the unborn, and I’m not afraid to say that.”

Bruinooge used the opportunity to promote his private member’s bill, Bill C-510, known as Roxanne’s law (named after a woman who was murdered for refusing to abort her child) which he told the crowd would “empower women to press charges again people who threaten them into an abortion.” 

“In the pro-life movement in Canada it’s important to take small steps to acknowledge the value of the unborn, and I’m hopeful that people like yourselves will support this bill,” he said.

The other MPs who were present included: Harold Albrecht, David Anderson, Leon Benoit, Kelly Block, Royal Galipeau, Dean Del Mastro, Ed Komarniki, Guy Lauzon, Pierre Lemieux, Gurbax Singh Malhi, Phil McColeman, Dan McTeague, Lavar Payne, Paul Szabo, Brad Trost, Tim Uppal, Maurice Vellacott, Mark Warawa, Jeff Watson, and Stephen Woodworth. 

After the speeches, the 12,500 pro-lifers wound their way through the streets of downtown Ottawa, snaking past the infamous Morgentaler abortion facility.

The march concluded with a series of testimonies from members of Silent No More Awareness, men and women who have had abortions and now regret their decision. 

From the West…

From the South…

From the East…

Near the front…

Cardinal Ouellet from Quebec City giving an interview…

Some Pro-Life Politicians….is Harper paying attention?

Supreme Grand Knight, Carl A. Anderson at the podium with Bishops looking on…

Some Banners….

The Pacheco kids with some friends….

The March through the Streets…

Whoopin’ it up afterwards on the Hill with the kids…

6 thoughts on “12,500 Gather on Parliament Hill for Canadian March for Life

  1. An awesome day. I was in that crowd! The sadest thing was the pain being masked by the anger of the young women standing outside the abortion clinic we passed. We can only pray that someday those young women will join the brave women who shared their abortion experiences with us on the Hill yesterday. God Bless each of you.

  2. Reply to Dawn’s comment: The group of young people, both men and women, who were chanting towards the marchers were not standing outside the abortuary. The downtown abortuary is at 65 Bank Street, next to McDonald’s near Parliament Hill. Standing outside 65 Bank was a sole woman wearing pink and a hired security guard. According to the Sun, the woman wearing pink chose not to stand with the rest of her group but to stand alone outside the abortuary.

  3. From Ottawa Sun May 13, 2010:
    “Hair-dyed pink and the words “Pro-Choice” painted on her T-shirt, Jenn Farr broke off from the others protesting the march to stand alone before the clinic where police guarded the entranceway. “It’s kind of like David and Goliath,” joked the Ottawa mom of two who was raised a Catholic.
    She was incensed at the city for allowing the demonstration to march directly in front of the clinic in what she said was a blatant act of “intimidation” toward the female clients. “I am sad to see women getting harassed in my city and when I talk to the police and I say ‘This is harassment’ they don’t listen,” she said.

    1 Samuel 17:
    For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy (taunt) the armies of the living God?

    45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.

    My Comments:

    In response to the comment from Jenn Farr “It’s kind of like David and Goliath,” I take it to mean that there were a handful of pro-abortion supporters to the thousands of pro-life supporters and the pro-aborts are now lamenting and playing the undergod. However, let’s examine the scripture.

    The pro-abortion protesters are representative of the uncircumcised Philistine who defy (taunt) the armies of the living God. The armies of the living God are, indeed, the pro-lifers! Praise the name of the Lord on high!

  4. I traveled from Chilliwack, British Columbia to take part in the Ottawa March For Life. I was able to give my Testimony and share how abortion hurt me. I marched for Canada Silent No More. I was 3 feet away from the screaming Pro-Choicers, their emotional assults felt like repeated slaps. I kept my head high as tears rolled down my face, thinking these people are the reasons, why we need Roxanne’s law.

  5. Sadly, I could not participate in the rally or the march this year.

    I sure enjoy reading the comments posted here though, and to learn our numbers on Parliament Hill were greater this year…!

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