OTTAWA, May 30, 2003 ( – Canadian Alliance MP Maurice Vellacott, a co-chairman of the Parliamentary pro-life caucus rose in the House of Commons yesterday to give his support to a motion to recognize the second Sunday of December as National Children’s Memorial Day. Vellacott detailed the tragic loss of children in early childhood years and said the Memorial Day would help parents as they try to cope with their loss.  Vellacott also noted the tragic loss of children in the womb.  “Thousands of women and families, eagerly anticipating a new baby, have had to deal with the tragedy of a miscarriage,” he said, adding “My wife also had two miscarriages, and we’re confident we’ll meet those 2 little ones in heaven some day.”  He pointed out that “because of the battle in our society over whether or not an unborn child is truly a child, women dealing with a miscarriage may feel even more alone in their experience; they may feel less comfortable sharing their pain with others, believing that they shouldn’t really be feeling so much anguish in the first place.”  Vellacott did not shy away from remembering the pain and loss mothers experience through abortion.  “Regardless of what other people tell them, and regardless of the circumstances that conspired together to bring them to their decision to abort, many of these women know that what was destroyed inside them was a little baby. And they grieve,” he said.  See the full address by Vellacott in Hansard at:


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