Photos: 15,000 Canadians march for life in Ottawa

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    Ottawa, Canada, May 11, 2018 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- An estimated 15,000 people attended the Canadian March for Life on Thursday in Ottawa.

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    James Hughes, national president of the Campaign Life Coalition, said marchers were upbeat, and the clergy powerfully represented the faith.

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    “Mother Teresa on Parliament Hill back in the late ‘80s … turned to me and said ‘the interesting thing about the prolife movement is that it is ordinary people doing extraordinary things for God’,” Hughes recounted.

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    Pro-choice activists blocked the original route for this year’s march. Organizers were prepared, Hughes said, and had prepared alternate routes in advance. They also beefed up security.

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    Among the challenges facing the nation’s pro-life movement is a new requirement in the Canadian Summer Jobs Grants program which requires applicants to support the government’s pro-choice view to receive public funding.

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    This year, the Campaign Life Coalition was denied the $75,000 it usually receives to pay for summer workers. The organization has run a summer program for around 35 years.

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    The Canadian March for Life began 21 years ago, when Hughes was encouraged to start it by Nellie Gray, the founder for the annual pro-life march in Washington D.C.

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    “Despite the many defeats we have encountered over the last 40 years, we soldier on doing [God’s] work, and a new culture of life will come along in Canada in his own time,” Hughes said.

    All photos courtesy of Robert DuBroy.




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