WINNIPEG, October 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – LifeSiteNews.com is reporting live from the ‘Life 2004 – Alive and Loving It’ national pro-life conference in Winnipeg Manitoba. The conference runs October 14-16. Following the Annual General Meetings of both Campaign Life Coalition and LifeCanada on Thursday, some 40 of the attendees went by bus to the nearby Women’s Centre, Health Sciences Centre, a local hospital where 3000 unborn children are killed every year.
The pro-life prayer vigil was greeted by about 20 pro-abortion protesters who had organized a protest to counter the prayer vigil. Brandishing pro-abortion signs on sticks the protesters physically blocked the pro-lifers as they attempted to exit the bus. While the pro-lifers crossed the street and stood silently praying with pro-life signs with life-affirming messages, the pro-abortion protesters shouted insulting slogans, while beating a drum. As the bus was leaving, one of the vigil participants, who had made it to the vigil independently but intended to return on the bus, was accidentally left behind. Danielle Sanderson, told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview that she was surrounded by the shouting protesters mostly in their late teens. Sanderson told the teens that they could talk to her rather than shouting, she bade them to enter into conversation rather than casting ridiculous accusations. They were eventually able to agree on things such as respect for human rights.
The teens were confounded in their accusations of racism and being anti-native when Sanderson shared that she herself is a French Metis and her husband is Ojibwe. Sanderson was able to get a few of the protesters to agree on certain pro-life proposals such as the better way of adoption, even the notion that abortion should not be encouraged and women should be informed of the health risks associated with the ‘procedure’.
In the end, those few who listened offered Sanderson a ride back to the hotel, she arrived in good spirits and a great story with which to launch the conference. Sanderson, as the MC for the conference gave the opening welcome. Jhw