Pro-life movement supporters restate their opposition to abortion

Doug Gallant
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Islanders who support the right to life marched from St. Dunstan’s Basilica to Province House Thursday where several speakers promoted their pro-life message.

Supporters of the pro-life movement in P.E.I. took to the streets of Charlottetown Thursday marching from St. Dunstan’s Basilica to Province House to restate their opposition to abortion.

Members of the Knights of Columbus, the P.E.I. Right to Life Association and the Catholic Women’s League were joined by like-minded members of the community in taking their pro-life message to the public.

While the majority of people who marched the short distance to Province House were middle-aged or seniors, there were a number of young people in the crowd, estimated at somewhere between 150 and 200 people.

They carried signs bearing slogans like Choose Life Not Abortion, Life A Beautiful Choice, It’s A Child Not A Choice and Defend Life. One child sported a sign almost as large as she was that stated Unborn Babies Are Special Persons: Let Them Live.

Leading those assembled in prayer, Rev. Floyd Gallant, rector of St. Dunstan’s Basilica, called on everyone to celebrate life in all its forms and to celebrate creation.

David Abbott, who served as master of ceremonies for the day, cited statistics indicating 300 abortions are performed in Canada every day.

He stated as well that a number of those abortions were “sex-selective” targeting females embryos.

He told those who turned out for the march their will to support life was crucial to combatting the destruction of life.

Liberal MLA Bush Dumville said it was sad that people involved in the pro-life movement had to take to the streets every year to get their message out.

He noted there was certainly strong support for the right to life in his own home.

Dumville recounted the efforts he and his wife had expended to adopt children and the joy those children had brought to his life.

He was one of the only MLAs in attendance Thursday because the latest sitting of the legislature prorogued Wednesday.

Barb MacFarlane, president of the Catholic Women’s League, called on all Canadians to proclaim respect for every living being. MacFarlane said it is the right of all people

to be born alive and live to a natural end.

Gaye Hood, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, echoed her message.

“We must preserve the dignity of life from conception to natural death,” Hood said.

Ann Marie Tomlins,

president of the P.E.I. Right to Life Association, called on all those on P.E.I. who support the pro-life movement to stand together in solidarity with other pro-life supporters across Canada.

Tomlins also provided details of a new national campaign that will utilize billboards, bus ads and posters to promote their pro-life message.

Thursday’s march in Charlottetown was replicated in cities across the country and in the national capital.

Organizations: Province House, Knights of Columbus, Life Association

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Catholic Women, Canada

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  • ProGuy
    May 14, 2013 - 15:50

    Abortion is the greatest gift to the male gender and men should be supporting it with a gusto.. It may be portrayed as a "women's rights" issue, but truth be told it has saved many a man from having to support children they don't want or letting the wife know about affairs. Have sex. Birth control fails? No problem. If you can convince the woman to abort, no harm done. to you, that is.

    • yessir
      May 15, 2013 - 06:53

      Especially when you oppose it, and convince her that you are trying to control her rights and she thinks it is her idea. Abortion is definitely good for men.

    • Why Else
      May 15, 2013 - 21:58

      Why else, in some states, would middle aged (mostly) male legislators push to pass laws saying if teenage girls get pregnant the parents don't need to know about an abortion? It can just be quietly dealt with, if the money is somehow made available. Doesn't require much imagination.

  • Pro-Choice
    May 13, 2013 - 09:20

    I believe every one has the right to peaceful protest. If you are against abortion, that is your right to have a say, but many (or most) Canadians are for choice, so as long as pro-life protests do not interfere with a woman's right to choose her own reproductive health, I say let them bleat. Being pro-choice means believing that women are capable of deciding whether they want to raise a child, put it up for adoption, or end a pregnancy. Being pro-choice means that no one should be forced into any of those options against their will. Unsafe, illegal abortions harm and kill thousands of women a day. Remember, a zygote, embryo, or fetus is not a baby. Abortions after viability (around 23 weeks) are only done in rare cases where there is serious risk to maternal health or a severe birth defect.

      May 13, 2013 - 13:07

      Sad argument. Sad. God is pro choice too. You have the right to muder and go to perdition. Your argument is 'born' of lasciviousness. "Do what thou wilt and join Me in eternity" sayeth the brilliant angel. Well you might hope you never do!

    • really
      May 15, 2013 - 06:50

      " Abortions after viability (around 23 weeks) are only done in rare cases where there is serious risk to maternal health or a severe birth defect." unlike other countries, that is only a preference. Legally, an abortion can be performed at anytime until the birthing process is complete. Legally, a woman can change her mind while the child is partially exiting the birth canal and still not be an issue, There are also cases where the "termination" was done after birth and is considered merely a very late term abortion. There is no problem with killing a child several days after birth since no one wants to restrict the rights of women. Or we can go with the suggestion of some bioethicists and give a 2 year return policy where up to 2 years after birth a woman can exercise her right to choose and terminate her parasite.

    • To Really
      May 16, 2013 - 00:22

      You are very uninformed on this subject if you actually believe that a woman can "change her mind" while delivering a child. We do not need it to be illegal because it does not happen. No doctor in Canada could perform an abortion after 23 weeks without serious heath justifications. If you bothered to inform yourself at all, you would know that less than 1% of abortions happen after viability. These are the serious medical exemptions to the medical policy which dictates that women can not have an abortion after viability. Why make a law for a non-existent problem? There are already medical limitations which dictate the ability to get an abortion in Canada. And killing an infant after birth is murder. There is no "post-birth abortion". Seriously, stop being so ignorant.

    • to to REALLY
      May 17, 2013 - 12:08

      Actually, killing after birth is not murder if done reasonably after birth. At worst it is infanticide, and may carry no penalty whatsoever. IF born alive during an abortion attempt, Obama himself voted to consider that legal abortion.

    May 10, 2013 - 20:43

    BEN DOVER AND LE:T CHILDREN BE CHILDREN: Isn't part of the responsibility of being a parent instilling the beliefs you have in your children? To teach them what you believe to be right from wrong? To teach them to help the less fortunate? To defend the weak? These children may not fully understand what they are protesting, because children do not fully understand most things. That's why we teach them. I would rather see these children protesting a cause then playing their I pods or video games. So much focus on leaving a better planet for our children when we should be concentrating on leaving better children for our planet. Children who are aware of the issues around them and willing to speak up. So refreshing from the pop culture obsessed generation the majority of us are raising.

  • UpperDunker
    May 10, 2013 - 20:17

    Read "Freakonomics" and learn how granting women the right to have an abortion in the early 80's tremendously lowered the crime rate in New York City twenty years later. Getting rid of fetuses makes good economic sense in cases where the women are poor and don't have the means to properly bring up a child. Let the women decide what's best for them!

    • exactly
      May 14, 2013 - 10:15

      That is exactly what the founder of Planned Parenthood thought, Get rid of as many poor blacks, and other "undesirables", and society benefits, It is called Eugenics.

    • To exactly
      May 16, 2013 - 00:29

      The founder of Planned Parenthood was pro-life and racist. The organization today has nothing to do with her "morals". Today, Planned Parenthood is an incredibly useful organization that helps prevent unwanted pregnancies, does cancer screening, patient counseling, STI screening, and so on. It helps to save many lives every year and I will continue to donate to this wonderful organization for as long as I can.

  • Mitchell
    May 10, 2013 - 17:13

    First I'll start by reaffirming what everyone else is saying "DON'T take children on moral marches!!" Especially when they don't COMPLETELY understand what is going on. Second of all, "300 abortions a day"!?! Who the hell is going to take care of all of these unwanted children that these people are having!? If you want to "cherish life" then how about you start with the children that are homeless or are in bad family situations or the ones that are being shuffled from foster home to foster home. Also I think most of these people are just jumping on the bandwagon, we hear of them probably once a year when they run this kind of nonsense. If you're SO dedicated then what are you people doing the rest of the year? Donating to children's shelters? Assisting women who are pregnant and have no where to go? NO! You're not! In the grand scheme of things YOU'RE PROTESTS DON'T MATTER!! You think if there was some new type of pandemic or a major war that you would all still be thinking about how horrible it is to abort a fetus? How about we focus on the big picture right now, and take care of those that ARE alive and help them. Then (maybe in 1,000+ years) we can move on to the people who aren't born.

    • Unwanted
      May 12, 2013 - 11:03

      The very selfish nature of those parents of 300 babies murdered every day is the reason there are so many more of us in foster homes and orphanages. And yet there are so many people who want to adopt us. Unwanted pregnancies is such an oxymoron. Put a quarter between your knees.

  • captain canuck
    May 10, 2013 - 16:18

    So your argument against pro-life is the presence of the very children we want to save? Oh, you have another argument - yess yess. You all want to act like 'rakes and ho's' and then have the taxpayer clean up after your wanton abandon.

  • Zealots are using kids
    May 10, 2013 - 16:04

    It is nauseating for adults to use kids and animals to hold signs stating their beliefs. I disagree with my family on their religion and other issues, but ,thankfully there are no pictures of me as a child in diapers being forced to hold a sign proclaiming their beliefs, which are clearly not mine, now as a thinking adult. You are exploiting your kids in my view. And maybe in time that will back fire.

    • so
      May 14, 2013 - 10:21

      You can't take a kid to a rally without being a bad parent, but you can kill them? I guess a dead kid can't complain when they grow up.

  • Alex
    May 10, 2013 - 15:25

    If they didn't draft children they'd be able march a bit further than two blocks.

    May 10, 2013 - 15:13


  • nancy
    May 10, 2013 - 14:08

    "Let children be children" The irony of these statements Pro-abortionists are offended that children are taking part in the march. The very children that they feel need to be protected are here because their parent chose to give them life not death. How do you know how these children feel or that they were forced to hold signs! I think we all know that children understand a lot more then we give them credit for! Aren't we as parents supposed teach our children right from wrong, Do we not instill in our children our beliefs and then when they are older they may chose differently. Of course pro-lifers are anti-choice! There is no pro-choice you are either for abortion or not! There is no fence sitting! And I believe Christians pay taxes don't they! There are also many non-christian people who do not support abortion so please stop using that argument! I would suggest that anyone who supports abortion go online and do your research if you haven't already. I think you will be shocked on what you find! For instance did you know abortion is legal in Canada fight up to nine months! That only three countries have no restrictions on abortion Canada, China and North Korea. We do not have the right to decide who lives and dies in this world!

    • Ben Dover
      May 10, 2013 - 15:23

      I'm sure you're probably in favour of women who have been raped, having to raise the child of the person you raped them as well? To be reminded of the devastating tragedy of what they went through day after day? Or for the unplanned children/pregnancies that are raised with parents that are not prepared to have a child, that don't have the resources either personally or financially to give the child a fair shot at life. You would prefer to have them raised in a broken home, only to grow up mad at the world? Or the children of addicts, who are born addicted to drugs or alcohol. The church and government shouldn't be the ones making these decisions on whether you feel you are fit to raise a child. I’m glad you're in favour of poverty stricken children that will only become a burden on the parents and society later in life, that's what your tax money is for, right? And by the way you're right Christians do pay taxes... churches don't. Maybe they should start since they are in favour of people having children when they don't have the means to support them, putting the burden back on the tax payer. I really feel bad for your children, if you have any. Hopefully some day they are smart enough to look at the big picture and live with an open mind and that there is more than the convoluted tunnel vision their mother believes in. I am glad however that you understand that there is no sitting on the fence on some matters. While this certainly isn't one, I’m sure you can use that theory for homosexuality, because I have a feeling that you probably think that an individual makes a decision in that case?

  • Daisy
    May 10, 2013 - 12:20

    This is why PEI is the most backwards province in Canada when it comes to women's health. Please join the 21st century. Don't like abortions? Don't get one.

    • hmmm
      May 10, 2013 - 14:59

      Don't like sposal abuse, don't get married. Don't like slavery, don't own a slave. Don't like murder, don't kill. Don't want to kill unadopted toddlers, adopt them. Some things have more nuance than sloganizing. Human rights only apply to some humans.

    • Are you serious
      May 10, 2013 - 15:30

      Are you seriously reducing the whole issue of the relative rights of different humans involved in deciding if one of the humans can be killed, to a series of slogans? Have you put any thought into this beyond, give me what I want and to heck with the consequences?

    • what the
      May 15, 2013 - 07:01

      C'mon. You must be kidding if this is the best argument you can come up. Don't like abortion, don't have one? Don't like child abuse, don't abuse a child. Don't like theft? Don't steal. BTW, that argument is as stupid as if I argued that child protective services should be disbanded because taking children away from mothers is anti-woman and violating her choice in treating property she created. I thought Pro-aborters were supposed to be the reasonable ones and the anti-choicers were the sloganizing over-religious woman haters.

  • Ben Dover
    May 10, 2013 - 11:29

    I am all for democracy and free speech, but I don't think its fair for parents to take their child and tell them to hold up a sign about something I'm sure they do not fully understand. Leave the children at home, and when they are old enough to form their own opinions, let them decide if they want to hold a sign opposing something they have made their own decisions on.

    • D. Macswain
      May 11, 2013 - 13:09

      The minute I saw that photo I thought the same thing. Those children have no idea what they're doing, or why they're there. The only reason they are is because mommy and/or daddy told them to. That's what I call bad parenting.

  • Margaret Myers
    May 10, 2013 - 10:49

    Thank you to all of those who will stand up against the innocent slaughter of little babies. We need to speak up for those whose muffled screams cannot be heard.

    • What babies?
      May 13, 2013 - 09:28

      No babies are "murdered" in an abortion. 88% of abortions happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and less than 1% happen after 23 weeks, when the pregnancy was wanted, yet there is a serious defect in the fetus or the mother's life is in danger. I proudly stand up for all the women who are being shamed on a daily basis, purely because they choose to have bodily autonomy.

  • Let children be children
    May 10, 2013 - 10:44

    I have to say that I disagree with children taking an active roll in such a controversial topic. How are these kids making an informed decision? They are just following there mother's and father's beliefs and will grow up quite likely holding on to those beliefs without ever questioning what is right or wrong. Only narrow mindedness will come from that. I don't mean to say that pro-lifers are narrow minded, just that I disagree with instilling your beliefs onto another generation without allowing the children to make up their own minds.

  • Ambrose Atkins co-chairman, National March for Life Committee
    May 10, 2013 - 10:41

    Congratulations to the people of PEI and to the organizers of the PEI Provincial March for Life. As a native Islander it does me proud to march in solidarity with you.

  • pathetic
    May 10, 2013 - 10:34

    I really dislike when parents use their kids as props for their own agendas. Children as young in the photo are being used as such.

  • Ridiculous
    May 10, 2013 - 10:24

    These people aren't any more pro-life than I am. They are anti-choice. If y'all are so pro-life, why don't you lock arms around a cemetary. If Christians and other religious groups think they deserve a say in politics, maybe they should start PAYING TAXES.

    • Must be a troll
      May 10, 2013 - 17:46

      Do you think women should be allowed to smoke and drink when they are pregnant?