NewsThu May 13, 1999 - 12:15 pm EST
FIRST DAY OF MARCH FOR LIFE A BIG SUCCESS
OTTAWA, May 13 (Lifesitenews.com) - The opening day of the Pro-Life Movement of Canada’s (PLMC) 2-day March for Life campaign has been a resoundingsuccess. The day started with a press conference co-hosted by the PLMC and the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus (PPLC). PPLC co-chairs Elsie Wayne, Tom Wappel and Jason Kenney pulled no punches as they spoke of the tragedy of 30 years of legalized abortion in Canada and the need to put an end to the status quo.
Progressive Conservative MP Elsie Wayne picked up Maurice Vellacott’s child during the press conference and told the reporters and others in the audience that she knows that nobody there would want to do anything to harm that child, then said that the message pro-life MPs have to get across to their colleagues is that unborn babies are no less special than this little boy. Mr. Vellacott is the Reform MP who is trying to push a bill through Parliament to protect health care workers from discrimination when they refuse to participate in abortions.
Reform MP Jason Kenney noted that he was born in 1969, the year that abortion was legalized. He discussed how abortion appears to have led to infanticide in Canada with the horrific revelations from Calgary Foothills hospital. Nurses allege that women are being induced early with their premature babies being left to die. The hospital has increased suspicions by seeking a court injunction to stop the media from reporting on the situation. Mr. Kenney said his request to the Calgary police to launch an investigation has been honoured.
Liberal MP Tom Wappel said that if Canada can go across the world to engage in warfare in Kosovo to defend human rights, it should be able to protect the rights of unborn children within our own borders. Later at the luncheon where pro-lifers from across the country and pro-life MPs shared lunch together, Mr. Wappel explained to the audience that the Pro-Life Parliamentary Caucus was a non-partisan group of MPs committed to making their pro-life views a matter of public record, encouraging their colleagues to join them, and pursuing legislation that would protect unborn children.
The Members of Parliament on the PPLC who joined the co-chairs at the press conference were Garry Breitkreuz, Norman Doyle, Reed Elley, Ken Epp, Eric Lowther, Dan McTeague, Mark Muise, John Nunziata, Pat O’Brien, John O’Reilly, Janko Peric, and Maurice Vellacott. Other MPs and two Senators joined their colleagues afterwards at the luncheon.