This year’s March for Life was another resounding success, with an estimated 25,000 people attending the popular family event. (Never mind what the CBC reported. Do you really care or expect any differently?)
There were also a few notable events that occurred this year that bear mentioning.
Bishop Fabbro, who was in the past criticized for being soft on the pro-life witness, stepped up to the plate and exhorted Catholics to stand firm in the face of a hostile culture of death:
“It’s important for us as Catholics, as followers of Jesus, not to be silent,” Fabbro emphasized. “To stand up for what we believe. To stand up, show our solidarity for the vulnerable, the poor, for the unborn, people young and old, people from all parts of our country will be speaking out with one voice: abortion is wrong. “It violates a fundamental human right: the right to life.” “It takes courage to stand up for what we believe. We can count on being ridiculed and silenced. The message we keep hearing from the secular society in which we live is that we have no business bringing our religious convictions into the public square,” he added. (Source)
During the previous evening at the Human Rights monument, one teacher on the front-lines in our Catholic schools related a story of inspiration:
Paul Coates, a teacher from Fr. Austin Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario, told the numerous young people in the crowd to be courageous in defending life. “Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Go into your schools and be pro-life.” Coates shared how his decades long effort to create a pro-life environment in his school led to students booing a number of politicians who visited his school one day and admitted they were for abortion. (Source)
And from prison itself, the indomitable and pro-life heroine, Mary Wagner, sent participants words of hope and encouragement:
We are entrusted with children as a family but also as a society and we are responsible for them before God. If we are Christians we know that the Commandment to love is not limited to our family, and therefore we must extend our love to others, especially to the most neglected and abandoned. (Source)
Now, with the back-drop of all these inspirational messages and stories, we need to understand that public pro-life witness is not all a bed of roses. This year, for instance, we were graced with another attempted disruption by FEMEN – the nutty bare-breasted young women who think baring their breasts will advance the abortion argument in their favour. Strange but true.
But that was not the only thing shaking at this year’s March for Life. No indeed. Every year, the abortion edifice becomes a little less stable, a little less solid. Every year, another nail is popped. Another year, and the public becomes a little less sure of abortion. In fact, I noticed just that as I walking down Elgin Street during the March. I happened to look to my left and saw three young women who were rather shocked and perplexed…confused even. Maybe everyone isn’t as pro-choice as the media says they are. Maybe I need to rethink my views on the subject. Maybe all these people marching here are on to something. There is something being dislodged in this country, and that something is the grip that abortion has on us. The slow collapse is not really noticeable. But it’s there. Social movements are all about momentum and projection. And right now, it’s all going our way. We just need to be vigilant and keep at it.
See also: March for Life Through The Years