#EndTheKilling: Campaign Life releases March for Life 2016 video and theme
OTTAWA, March 14, 2016 — End the killing.
That’s the message Campaign Life Coalition wants pro-life advocates to join them in sending to Parliament loudly and clearly at this year’s March for Life in Ottawa on May 12.
On Monday Canada’s national pro-life lobbying group launched its official March for Life promotional video and announced the March’s theme and hashtag: EndTheKilling.
CLC urges pro-life advocates to disseminate this information and to plan to attend the march.
Canada’s largest annual pro-life event, the CLC-sponsored March for Life in the nation’s capital marks the legalization of abortion on May 14, 1969 under Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Trudeau’s eldest son Justin made his commitment to abortion clear when as Liberal leader he excluded anyone who intended to vote pro-life from running as a candidate for his party.
Elected prime minister in October 2015, Trudeau’s majority Liberal government now “is promising to massively expand abortion access throughout the country and abroad,” says CLC president Jim Hughes.
And now another threat to the lives of vulnerable Canadians is imminent.
The Liberals are “eagerly complying with the Supreme Court’s edict that parliament legalize the killing of people by physicians,” pointed out Hughes.
The Supreme Court’s Carter ruling, which struck down the law against euthanasia and assisted suicide, takes effect June 6.
The Trudeau Liberals have yet to introduce new legislation, but a special joint parliamentary committee tabled its recommendations February 25. Its report has been widely criticized as recommending a wide-open euthanasia regime beyond the scope of the Carter decision, as four Conservative MP committee members pointed out in a dissenting opinion.
Canada’s pro-life advocates face “admittedly large obstacles,” says CLC youth coordinator Christina Alaimo.
“We are nonetheless more united as a movement than ever,” Alaimo said. “We will continue to voice the need for legal protection for every human life at all its stages in Canada and abroad.”
“Abortion is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being, no one can deny that,” said Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC’s national organizer for Campaign Life Coalition.
“We urge every elected Member of Parliament, regardless of party, to #EndTheKilling, and to ensure that human rights belong to all human beings.”
The Liberal omnibus bill of 1969 permitted abortion under certain circumstances, but in practice resulted in abortion on demand. In 1988, the Supreme Court struck down the 1969 law as unconstitutional, which leaves Canadian children in the womb with no legal protection or recognition.
Since May 14, 1969, an estimated four million unborn children have been killed by legal abortion in Canada; an estimated 100,000 abortions annually.
On June 6, 2016 the country will allow the killing of vulnerable citizens by legalized euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
“In Canada, not all human life is equally protected under law and many elected officials want to keep it that way,” Hughes says.
March for Life activities on Thursday, May 12 begin with a noon rally on Parliament Hill, which includes brief addresses by various parliamentarians, and pro-life and religious leaders.
The March begins at 1:30 pm and proceeds through downtown Ottawa. The day’s events conclude with the evening’s Rose Dinner and Youth Banquet.
A candlelight vigil is planned for May 11, and a full-day youth conference for May 13.
In view of the Liberal government’s stated commitment to fund abortion overseas, CLC has invited Obianuju Ekoecha, founder of Culture of Life Africa, to speak at this year’s Rose Dinner.
Campaign Life Coalition is involved in political action and advocacy for legal and cultural change in Canada to protect human life from conception to natural death, and to protect the family. It is non-partisan and encourages voting based on principles, not party.