Despite COVID-19 restrictions still in place, organizers of Canada’s 2021 March for Life say that given “the urgency” of addressing the human rights “injustices of abortion and euthanasia,” they will forge ahead with an in-person rally and march in Ottawa on May 13.
“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,” stated Canada’s National March for Life in a statement. “Given both the urgency and importance of addressing the human rights injustices of abortion and euthanasia, we are choosing to exercise this right in as safe and prudential a manner as possible.”
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.
CLC says that along with the in-person rally and march, there is a “full program of virtual events” to be held between May 9 and 16.
The in-person rally will start at 12:30 p.m. EST on May 13, on the steps of Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa, with the march planned to start at 1:15 p.m.
The march will return to Parliament Hill at around 2 p.m. for “Silent No More Awareness Testimonies.”
Debbie Duval, National Capital Organizer for CLC, said in a May 5 statement that at its core, the pNational March for Life “is a protest against the greatest human rights injustice of our age” — abortion and euthanasia — and because of this, “we have a duty to hold our legislators to account.”
The March for Life has advised all of those who choose to come to the in-person rally 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 event organizers in a statement. “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 March for Life has asked people not to attend if they are feeling ill, suspects they might have COVID-19, or have recently arrived from out of country.
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
There should be a natural affection a woman has for her child (whether born or still in the womb). There should be a natural desire in a doctor to protect all life. There should be a natural want for a Government to protect their most venerable. Why are these things absent in our abortion-crazed society?
Would it surprise you to know that the Bible predicted our “shrugging of shoulders” attitude toward the murder of children?
In 2 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul provides a list of what the character of mankind will be like in the last days. Among this eye-opening list, we are told people of our generation would be “lovers of their own selves” and have a “loss of natural affection.”
Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham, in a recent article, explained that abortion today is identical to previous cults that practiced child sacrifice; only now, we are sacrificing to the “god of self”:
In the Old Testament, some Israelites were won over to the cult of the pagan god Molech, which required child sacrifice (see Jeremiah 32:35). It turns my stomach to think of turning one’s child over to be burned in an offering to an idol! Yet in a sense, that’s what abortion is all about. Only now, instead of a metal statue with the head of a bull and the body of a man, the idol has become the individual.
Think about it. Very few abortions happen because the life or health of the mother is actually at risk. Rather, women talk about “my life,” “my dreams,” “my choice.” They sacrifice their own babies to the idol of self! The Bible says, “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves …” (2 Timothy 3:1-2).
It is vitally important that Christians stand up to protect unborn children.