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March for Life 2018

Tue, May 15, 2018   |   Author: Vicki Gunn   |   Volume 25    Issue 20   

This past Thursday, many of us had the pleasure of marching for life to protect Canada’s most vulnerable.

With the new bubble zones mandated around abortuaries in Ontario, our route was changed to avoid unnecessary entanglements. It is interesting to note that it was the perceived “threat” posed by pro-lifers that the Wynne government used as an excuse to create additional bubble zones around abortuaries, drug stores that request it, and abortionists’ homes. So, how necessary was the change?

On Feb 8th the Ottawa Citizen reported that, (horror of horrors!), 70-year-old Cyril Winter, challenged the government’s decision to limit free speech by holding a sign outside of the abortuary which read . . . “Freedom of Expression and Religion, No Censorship.” He had previously been arrested (Feb 7th) for specifically protesting abortion within the newly established zone.

It appears that bubble zones are bubbles protecting Canadians from our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But, undaunted, Mr Winter appeared again the next day with no sign and kept his back to the abortuary. He wasn’t charged but the police were called.

Mr. Winter will not be present to face his charges. He passed on to eternal life on March  9th, after seven years of providing a daily witness to those in the clinic at 65 Spark St., Ottawa.

Again, how necessary are these bubble zones and how necessary was it to have our route changed?

Over the past many years, as many as 25,000 pro-lifers have protested at Ottawa’s March for Life. This year, an estimated 15,000 people—men, women, and children—were present.

A short way along Elgin St., as we began to march last Thursday, we were faced with about 200 counter protesters and an incredible police presence. We stood there for about half an hour, waiting for the way ahead to be cleared. I enjoyed the time to visit the War Memorial where I saw the changing of the guard. Others also took the time to sit in the sun and enjoy the day, while we waited.

Looking around, I suddenly became aware that the March for Life was moving back the way we had come. Rather than face the ramifications of challenging the 200 counter protesters, 15,000 people were turned around and marched the route backwards. It’s easily seen what a threat pro-lifers are by that simple picture, 15,000 people turned because 200 people blocked the way forward.

Other provinces are looking at adopting Ontario’s bubble zone law . . . I assume, because of the imaginary danger presented by pro-lifers using their God-given right to Freedom of Speech. Remember, our crowd was so peaceful and amenable that the police were able to easily turn around 15,000 people.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared “open season” on pro-lifers by refusing to allow them to participate as candidates in his party, by refusing to allow them representation for their viewpoint. He claims it’s because he’s a feminist and—in his world—feminists represent only those women who support the killing of pre-born children. Add to this his efforts to legalize “recreational” marijuana, subjecting our children to readily-available mind-damaging drugs, and it becomes a tragic testimony to the short-sightedness of the Canadians who elected him to office.

We will again go to the polls in 2019. Canada will be a changed nation from four years ago

but, perhaps worst of those changes is the violence done to our God-given rights.

CHP Canada stands for life, family, and freedom. We have protected a child’s right to life since our inception thirty years ago.

We still have one and a half years to prepare for election 2019. If you don’t have a CHP electoral district association in your area, it’s time for you to start organizing with others who share your beliefs in the sanctity of life and the other principles that are the basis of our platform.

Join us today and help us reach out to others who believe as you do. It’s time for Canada to reclaim our heritage of freedom and equality.



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