From Sea to Sea - Marches For Life Occur across Canada
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By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
May 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - This year's Canadian Marches for Life, held across the country from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John's Newfoundland, were resoundingly successful, with high participation rates and widespread media attention. Here are some highlights from this year's marches:
VICTORIA, British Columbia - Organizers of the 3rd annual BC March for Life in Victoria on May 13 estimate that at least 2,500 people filled Centennial Square, then marched down Douglas Street to the Legislative Buildings. With the aid of a police escort, the pro-lifers clogged Douglas street, which was closed to traffic for the 30 minute walk.
At the legislative building, a number of guest speakers, including Kamloops Bishop Monroe, Jojo Ruba from the Centre for Bioethical Reform, student activist Minerva Macapagal, Rachel Daniels, and Rev. Dr. Robert Fitterer energized the largely youthful crowd.
For the first time in the three years the event has happened, small graphic images of aborted babies were carried by some participants, in addition to the many signs and banners affirming the right to life of the unborn.
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick - The 10th annual New Brunswick March for Life took place at the NB Legislature on May 13.
The crowd of participants, estimated at about 500, carried signs that read "Thanks Mom for Life" and "Let Babies Live."
Organizer Peter Ryan, executive director of the New Brunswick Right to Life Association, challenged the government on the number of abortions committed in the province and paid for by medicare, and said that he hopes abortions in New Brunswick hospitals become an issue in the provincial election in September.