By Hilary White

TORONTO, January 18, 2006 ( – As Canadian pro-lifers prepare to vote in Monday’s general election, those in the US are getting ready for the annual March for Life. President George W. Bush is expected to address the marchers by phone. This will be the 33rd year for the annual event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of marchers from across the US.

In recent years, both the US and Canadian March have been drawing a younger crowd with schools and churches chartering buses. The event will be surrounded by various prayer vigils and conferences.
  The Washington March normally includes a substantial contingent of Canadians who enjoy making contact with their American friends and confreres. This year, however, the Canadian contingent may be significantly smaller since the March and the Canadian election both fall on the same day.Â

Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, asked the marchers to pray for divine intervention for Canada.

Hughes said, “We could use all the help you can give us.”

“With no laws against abortion and now legalized same sex marriage and legalized swinger’s clubs; with polygamy, assisted suicide and euthanasia and legalized marijuana coming next, please pray for us, your Canadian cousins on the verge of this election.”