March for Life rally opposing abortion set for Sunday in Charlottetown

Gets underway at 11:30 a.m. at St. Dunstan’s Basilica and continues up to Province House

Published on May 23, 2014

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.

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Pro-life groups will take to the streets of Charlottetown Sunday morning for the annual March For Life.

The march, a joint effort of the P.E.I. Catholic Women’s League, the P.E.I. Knights of Columbus and the P.E.I. Right to Life Association, will get underway at 11:30 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica and continue on to Province House.

A spokesman for the organizers of the event say the march is in support of the dignity of human life, from conception through to natural death. Those taking part in the march will be voicing their opposition to any form of government provision of abortion-on-demand using P.E.I. taxpayer money.

The president of the P.E.I. Right to Life Association, Holly Pierlot, says the association is aware that there are chemical abortions on P.E.I.

Pierlot says the provincial status quo on abortion is not acceptable, because it is based on politics and not principle.

“It walks the line of compromise," she said. "There is no constitutional right to abortion, and governments are not required to fund non-medically necessary procedures.”

Organizers said they urge Islanders to attend Sunday’s March to show support for the protection of life at all stages. They also are calling for sound economic and social programs to assist those who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy.