American pro-life leaders offer encouragement to Canadian March for Life
OTTAWA, May 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A number of American pro-life leaders traveled north of the border for Canada's March for Life on Thursday, where they addressed the crowd and encouraged them in their fight to protect the unborn.
“The beautiful thing about fighting for human dignity is that it knows no geographic boundaries,” said Ryan Bomberger of Virginia Beach, founder of the Radiance Foundation. “We can be united all across this globe for a fight to protect human life from conception to natural death.”
Bomberger showed his familiarity with Canadian history by referencing Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the godfather of legalized abortion in that nation, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The doctor's illegal abortion activism resulted in the Supreme Court decision 25 years ago that struck down all restrictions on abortion in Canada.
“Dr. Morgentaler, the Jewish Holocaust survivor, is celebrated by some here in Canada,” Bomberger said. “How does one go from being crushed by inhuman oppression to crushing humans and being the oppressor? This is something I can't wrap my mind around.”
“Every life is precious,” he said. “Black, white, brown, young, old, disabled, 'differently abled,' Down [Syndrome], quadrapalegic, deaf, girls, boys, born, and – thank God – the unborn.”
The international focus of the 2013 march naturally complemented this year's theme, “End Female Gendercide: 'It's a Girl' Should Not be a Death Sentence.”
Reggie Littlejohn, one of the foremost experts on China's one-child policy, keynoted the event on Parliament Hill.
Her Women's Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) opposes “forced abortion and sex-selective abortion in China,” she told the crowd of 25,000.
Her years of tireless work to end sex-selective abortion has seemed to garner little media attention, but suddenly “ending female gendercide is the theme of this march.”
“Thank you,” she said. “You inspire me.”
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Last July, Chinese Communist officials announced that their one-child policy had prevented 400 million lives, more than 300 million by abortion, at the rate of 1,500 abortions an hour. The nation's traditional downgrading of young girls has created a massive sex imbalance, leading to human trafficking.
Janet Morana of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, spoke alongside the founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, Angelina Steenstra. The Canadian group is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Morana brought greetings from Fr. Frank Pavone and led the very young crowd in a chant of “Recall abortion!”
This year's march had an even greater international impact, as Catholic television station EWTN beamed the event to its worldwide viewing audience. Fr. Mark Mary of EWTN participated in all the events, beginning with the vigil Mass at St. Teresa's Catholic Church on Wednesday night, and conducted numerous interviews.
David Bereit of 40 Days for Life offered two workshops at the March for Life Youth Conference on Friday. Bombarger and Littlejohn addressed the March for Life Youth Conference on Friday afternoon, as well.