OTTAWA, April 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government spearheads rising hostility towards pro-life advocates and increasing assaults on the sanctity of human life, Campaign Life Coalition is urging Canadians to head to Ottawa May 10 under the rallying theme: Pro-life ALL.IN.
It’s less than a month before Canada’s largest annual pro-life gathering, and Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes says it’s critical that pro-life advocates make the effort to attend.
The 21st annual March for Life comes as Canadian children in the womb, their mothers, and allies face greater dangers than ever before, he told LifeSiteNews.
“This past year has not been an easy one for pro-life Canadians and people of faith,” Hughes said. “It is very clear that our political leaders in this country are driven by radical ideologies that place the future of our nation in jeopardy. If they come after the rights of pro-life Canadians today, whose rights will they remove next?”
Indeed, the Trudeau Liberals most recently targeted pro-life advocates by adding a discriminatory pro-abortion attestation requirement to the Canada Summer Jobs grant program, and banning funding to pro-life projects under the revamped national youth volunteer initiative, the Canada Service Corp.
This has led at least one conservative observer to warn the Liberals are laying the groundwork to denying tax-exempt status to faith-based organizations.
Trudeau’s Liberals also poured $650 million into providing and promoting abortion as part of development aid, proclaiming that access to abortion at home and abroad is its “core” mandate.
Meanwhile, Premier Kathleen Wynne Liberals in Ontario passed a draconian “bubble zone” law banning pro-life witness at the province’s eight abortion centers.
The Alberta NDP government followed suit last week, introducing legislation that will prohibit lifesaving witness outside the province’s two abortion centers. B.C., Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec also have “bubble zone” legislation.
Moreover, the federally approved abortion pill, Mifegymiso or RU-486, is offered free of charge in at least six provinces to date: B.C., Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario.
This is why the March for Life “is needed that much more,” Hughes told LifeSiteNews.
“This year’s theme PRO-LIFE ALL. IN. encourages all of us to re-commit ourselves to the pro-life movement and to express to our fellow Canadians and our elected officials that life is a gift from God that we must value and defend,” he said.
Canada’s national pro-life and pro-family political lobby and largest pro-life advocacy group, Campaign Life Coalition has been organizing the March for Life for over two decades.
The March on Parliament Hill marks May 14, 1969, the day the Liberals under Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau passed the omnibus bill legalizing abortion. The Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional on January 28, 1988, leaving Canada with no law restricting abortion.
Since abortion was legalized in 1969, some 100,000 children are killed in the womb annually in Canada.
“We have to be the voice for unborn children, who have no voice, and for their mothers, who often feel they have no choice but to go to the abortionist,” Hughes told LifeSiteNews.
“If we pro-lifers can’t speak for them, who will? If we are pushed to the fringe, out of politics, how will we defend the weakest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters?” he said.
“Now is the time to commit, or for those of us who have been involved for many years, to recommit to do all we can to protect children in the womb. Now is the time to March for Life, and declare that we are, without question, PRO-LIFE ALL.IN.”
For more information on the March for Life, visit the website here.