The annual March for Life on Parliament Hill was another smashing success. And when I say “smashing”, I mean “smashing” the previous gains in prior years. In 2010, the number increased to 12,500 from around 11,000 in 2009. Last year, the number increased exponentially to 15,300. This year, the March tally reached 19,500 participants, representing a 27.5% increase from the prior year. In the past, two or three photos would be sufficient to capture the entire crowd. This year, it took me 4 photos to capture all of the people on the Hill.
But while the pressure outside of the Parliament buildings has intensified and increased in the last few years, our myopic and terrified politicians – who sit on the inside of those buildings and who trot out the same dull and stupid arguments from the 60s in the face of the hard facts of pre-natal science and what women have been saying for years about abortion – just can’t bring themselves to admit that they are lagging far behind the Canadian public on this issue. While Canadians have shown for several years now that they want legal protection for the unborn, and are starting to turn out in massive numbers for the largest annual political rally in Canada year after year, our really “tolerant and democratic” politicians don’t even want to broach the subject.
You have to wonder just how coherent and normal these people are. What do they talk about in the House of Commons while 19-20,000 Canadians are outside on their front lawn? Do they close their eyes, cover their ears, and scream “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. I can’t hear or see you!” When their political careers are over, have they no thought to what they will be remembered for? Was Wales really worth it? And yes, when Canadian history is written in the future, it will be written by abortion survivors who will pass their collective judgement on the politicians who trumpeted this human genocide as a “human right”.
The political winds of change are coming to Canada. There is no doubt about it, and everyone who has even a modicum of political sense like Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson, for instance, can clearly see where those winds are blowing. Still stuck in the antiquated idea that being pro-life is going to cost them votes, the Conservative government MPs who support the status quo are showing themselves up to be little more than the worst of human traffickers – holding on to political power (so they wrongly think) by paying tribute to the abortion lobby. Where is the evidence that being pro-abortion gains votes, more than it costs votes? That might have been true 20 or 30 years ago, but that is an assumption which is not borne out by the facts today. Today is a different ball game.
Today, the exact opposite is true. Canada has gone through the hell of abortion for the past 40+ years, and as with all shams in human history, the truth does indeed eventually come out. And it is coming out, more and more. We can see that as more and more Canadians are less and less satisfied with the status quo on abortion. They want to see more humanity in our laws and that is why there is indeed a developing Canadian consensus on the issue of abortion to restrict its practice – perhaps even severely so – in order to bring some semblance of justice to the unborn child.
The importance of the March for Life each year cannot be downplayed. It tells the public that it is OK to be pro-life. That you’re not alone. That your views are indeed mainstream. It helps the mushy-middle grow a little bit of a backbone on something they know is a crime and should be stopped. As we marched through the streets of Ottawa today, I happened to glance at the office windows and noticed many people watching this massive sea of people from their offices, and our impact could hardly be dismissed as “fringe”, as the mainstream media likes to portray. The same was true for the construction workers, pedestrians, motorists, and bus passengers. Our presence there gives courage and encouragement to those who are sympathetic to the pro-life cause, and it gives those who are ignorant of the issue something to think about. At the very least, it helps blunt the opposition to the pro-life movement, and that is one of those variables that can have a huge impact on when abortion is overturned in this country.
I have no doubt that the media will downplay the March for Life this year, as they always do. 50 pro-aborters showed up a couple of weeks ago for a demonstration and it was “huge”. 19,500 people show on up Parliament Hill and it will be described as “thousands”. No accurate adjective will be used to describe the size of the rally. You can count on that. This is why the unaccountable media has become less and less relevant to Canadian society, and perhaps why the CBC got cut 10% during the last budget. Ideologically-driven and stale, Canadians are looking for other sources of information to learn about reality – because it’s not coming from the commissars at the CBC and its collaborators in the media. During the course of the March, I happened to chat with a TV camera man with whom I have some acquaintance. “So you’re covering the March this year”, I said. He replied: “I cover it every year. Whether it gets shown is another story.” Indeed. I think that says it all.
Although the Toronto Star shocked many of us the other day with this story, generally speaking, the other scant coverage in the MSM is lack of coverage for the youthfulness and exuberance of the young people at the March for Life:
“It was wonderful to see so many people dedicated to restoring the right to life to all human beings in Ottawa today,” Hughes told LifeSiteNews. “It is such a joyful and upbeat crowd. I want to thank all the people that made a great effort to get here. May it make for an even larger march next year and encourage all the provincial marches commemorating the death of four million Canadian children before birth.” (Source)
The kids after the March, jamming to some music….
Lots of joy and enthusiasm. On the other side of the fence, there were about 100 pro-aborters, fewer than the prior year. Last year they had a turnout at Parliament Hill, along the route in front of the Bank of Montreal, and then in front of Morgentaler’s Abortuary. This year, they only managed 2 out of the 3 locales, and ditched showing up at Morgentaler’s. No doubt the media will say there was a “huge” pro-abort turnout with 100 people! No kidding, 100 – and that’s being generous. That’s the future of the pro-abort movement: getting smaller and older. (They’re getting so old that big changes are coming near the top of the pro-abort industry to help awaken a dead corpse.)
Contrast the positive, life-affirming pro-life March with these poor, angry, embittered and confused protesters:
Here are some other pics from the March…
See also: March for Life Through The Years.