OTTAWA, Ontario, May 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Thousands of Canadians are marching to the steps of the nation’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa today to peacefully protest against government-sanctioned abortion on demand and euthanasia in the 2021 Canadian National March for Life.
— CLC Youth (@clcyouthprolife) May 13, 2021
The National March for Life began at 1:15 p.m. EST. According to event organizers, this march is a “scaled down version,” with groups “of organizers and local grassroots intent on attending” to demand “legal protection for every human being from conception to natural death.”
According to Debbie Duval, National Capital Organizer of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), the Canadian National March for Life is “at its core” a protest against the “greatest human rights injustice of our age.”
“Because of the urgency and importance of life issues like abortion and euthanasia, we have a duty to hold our legislators to account,” Duval told LifeSiteNews.
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— Kennedy Hall (@kennedyhall) May 13, 2021
— CLC Youth (@clcyouthprolife) May 13, 2021
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) is the organizer of the event, which last year was held virtually due to COVID-19 lockdowns. A year later, COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in Ontario, banning large gatherings outdoors — but that has not deterred pro-lifers for a second time.
The in-person rally began at 12:30 p.m. EST today before the march on the steps of Canada’s Parliament Hill.
Event organizers say there is a planned speaker line-up which is expected to include both people from CLC and prominent figures from the pro-life and pro-family movement in Canada.
The march will return to Parliament Hill around 2 p.m. for “Silent No More Awareness Testimonies.”
Along with the in-person rally and march, there is a “full program of virtual events,” which started on May 9 and will continue until May 16.
Event organizers told pro-lifers to check the CLC Facebook page for live information regarding the rally and march at facebook.com/marchforlifecanada.
President of CLC Jeff Gunnarson said that although the march will be smaller this year, he believes that it is “important for a core group of representatives to bring the concerns of many Canadians to the steps of our Parliament.”
PETITION/PLEDGE UPDATE (5/13/2021) -
The 2021 Canadian National March for Life took place yesterday in Ottawa with hundreds in attendance.
Please take time to READ LifeSiteNews' latest article on the Canadian March for Life.
And, please remember that registration for the March for Life's online youth conference - taking place TODAY (5/14), starting at 3pm EDT - is STILL OPEN.
The 2021 Canadian National March for Life, organized by Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), will forge ahead this year in a "hybrid" format with a week-long series of online pro-life events, as well as a "scaled-down" in-person rally followed by a march in Ottawa on May 13th for local grassroots organizers.**
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Due to the COVID crisis, the March organizers are emphasizing the need for people to spend the week leading up to the March to "raise [pro-life] awareness in their families and communities."
Some of the suggested activities include: putting up pro-life signs in one's home or one's car; wearing pro-life clothing; spreading the pro-life message - and, the theme of this year's march, 'You are not alone' - on social media, on the airwaves, and even by pro-life chalking on the sidewalks; and, devoting time praying for an end to abortion and euthanasia in Canada.
As Josie Luetke, Youth Coordinator for CLC, said to LifeSiteNews: the "pandemic doesn’t change the fact that human life is not protected in Canada."
And, that is why everyone must continue to advocate for the protection of life, from conception till natural death.
Luetke said the 2021 events will be "even better" than last year’s.
"If you enjoyed the Virtual National March for Life last year, I assure you that you’ll find our 2021 events even better, as we’ve been working very diligently over the past few months to bring you an extremely engaging and powerful schedule, with elements that will appeal to everyone," said Luetke.
Luetke said she is hoping there will be a good turnout for the online youth conference, noting that registration for the youth conference — which is free of charge — is still open.
"The youth conference was indispensable in my own development as a pro-life activist, and the virtual one we have planned is every bit as educational and inspirational," said Luetke.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'2021 Canadian National March for Life on May 13 to be in-person and online' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/2021-canadian-national-march-for-life-on-may-13-to-be-in-person-and-online
National March For Life 2021 Website - https://marchforlife.ca/
MARCH FOR LIFE WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - https://marchforlife.ca/march-for-life-week-schedule/
**CLC also advises all who wish to attend in-person to be aware of the potential legal and health risks involved. If you are thinking about attending in-person, please CLICK HERE to read CLC's important advice about the necessity to comply with their directives while at the march.
***Photo Credit: CLC YouTube video screen shot
“Even during an ongoing pandemic, the federal government continues to increase abortion funding overseas, abortion is prioritized as an essential service by the federal and provincial governments, and a majority of our parliamentarians voted to expand euthanasia and assisted suicide, despite exposed cracks in our health care system. This cannot go unopposed,” said Gunnarson.
CLC earlier stated that despite COVID-19 and related restrictions, “we do still have a constitutional right to peacefully demonstrate, as delineated in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” against abortion and euthanasia.
According to CLC, every day in Canada almost “300 Canadian women undergo an abortion, in which a baby is killed before birth through surgical or chemical means,” adding that on any given day more than “15 vulnerable Canadians are killed by euthanasia or assisted suicide.”
Event planners advise of “legal and health risks associated with attending the National March for Life in Ottawa”
The March for Life has advised all those who choose to come to the in-person rally of their own free will that “every attendee must assess what level of risk they are personally willing to assume” by coming to the event.
“Please be advised of both the legal and health risks associated with attending the National March for Life in Ottawa. We will do our best to mitigate those risks,” noted the organizers. “If you do decide to attend the rally and March for Life, please act respectfully and responsibly, and follow all relevant health measures, outlined here.”
The 2021 Canadian March for Life Youth Conference will take place on Friday, May 14, with an exceptional line-up of pro-life advocates. Titled “I Am With You,” the online event will be taking place from 3 to 8 p.m. EST.
The free event will be hosted by CLC Youth and Niagara Region Right to Life. Speakers are Toni McFadden, the founder of the program Relationships Matter, Joseph Backholm of the Family Research Council, Jay Watts, founder and president of Merely Human Ministries, Inc., and Will Witt, a media personality who works for PragerU.
Participants can join the “I Am With You” conference by filling out the online registration form.
There will be an online Rose Dinner on May 13, emceed by David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life and a pro-life speaker, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking HERE.
For a full schedule of events including online speakers, you can click HERE.