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OTTAWA, Ontario, May 31, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ontario teen who attended last month’s youth conference after the National March for Life in Ottawa says the event was a “complete eye opener” that all teens should get a chance to attend.

“The entire experience was a complete eye opener to what really goes on in our world,” says Cameron Sehl, a grade 9 student at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Nepean.

Sehl, a member of his school’s Respect for Life Team, says he was shocked by how horrible abortion actually is, and believes it would have a major impact if the message could get out to more teenagers.

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“At first I was doubtful as to what I was going to learn about. I thought that I already knew what they were going to talk about and that I was not going to learn anything,” he said.  “Once I got there, I realized that I was completely wrong.”

“For me, the most significant part of the day was learning about what happens during an abortion,” he continued.  “It was shocking to me that people would actually participate in this horrendous procedure.”

“I think if we could show the students in our school community what happens to the baby during an abortion, it would definitely decrease the abortion rate among teenagers,” he added.  “It was truly an amazing experience and I believe that everyone should get to attend this conference.”

The March for Life Youth Conference takes place annually in May on the day after the National March for Life on Parliament Hill.  The conference drew over 800 youth from across the province this year.  Speakers included David Bereit, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life, as well as 14-year-old YouTube sensation Lia Mills, and Carleton Lifeline president Ruth Lobo.

Alissa Golob, head of Campaign Life Coalition Youth, said the conference this year was an overwhelming success and has become “the biggest event of the year for young pro-life Canadians.”

“It’s an amazing way for people to connect with one another, talk about the issues in an open forum and listen to the pros,” she said.  “I feel very blessed to be able to help organize such a great event. It really does change people’s lives.”

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