TORONTO, Apr 27 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Prayerful candlelight youth vigils outside abortion-performing hospitals across the country met with rowdy opposition from abortion supporters. Reports on the vigils, organized by Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY), noted that the pro-life presence numbered up to fifty in some locations. They took place on April 18, from 8-9pm. In each of the communities local CLCY members organized the vigils.
CLCY National Director Tanya Granic informed LifeSite that reports on vigils from Ontario to BC indicated many successes but also hostile actions by abortion activists who had staged counter demonstrations after hearing about the events. In Toronto pro-abortion protesters were extremely loud and used megaphones to chant their anti-life slogans including: “keep your Rosaries off our ovaries”, “Bigots go home!”, “Pro-sex, pro-gay, pro-choice all the way!”, and “Racist, bigot, anti gay. Campaign Life, go away.” In Grand Prairie Alberta two youths who held a vigil were threatened by an abortion supporter. A male threatened to beat up the youths and tore up their signs. The man’s violence was met only with peaceful discussion and no one was hurt. In Vancouver abortion activist Joyce Arthur and another abortion supporter showed up to confront the pro-life youth.
Pro-life leaders note that the frenzied reaction of pro-abortion activists to the youth initiative is indicative of their fear that youth are abandoning the anti-life dogma. While abortion activists find their membership dwindling, pro-life youth groups such as CLCY are rapidly expanding.