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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.