Friday, May 11, 2012
Thousands March for Life against abortion
Antiabortionist gather for the National March for Life on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 10, 2012. Credits: CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/QMI AGENCY image
By Kris Sims, Parliamentary Bureau OTTAWA -- Political leaders in Ottawa insist the abortion debate is closed, but thousands of people who marched on Parliament Hill Thursday begged to differ.
The 15th annual March for Life saw parents, grandparents and large swaths of high school students calling on the feds to ban abortion in Canada.
"Science and medicine are teaching us more about the distinct personhood of the child in the womb," said Bruce Clemenger, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. "You have heard it said that the debate over the protection of the unborn is over. I say look at this crowd."
A handful of Tory backbenchers attended the rally, including, Stephen Woodworth and Jeff Watson from Ontario, Rod Bruinooge from Manitoba, John Williamson from New Brunswick and Kevin Sorenson from Alberta.
"I want to thank my daughter's birthmother for giving me the opportunity to raise Kristen," Sorenson told the crowd, speaking of his now adult child. "It's an honour to stand for life and if you think that I'm making a vocal stand, you should meet my daughter."...Continue reading...