In the 2000 Federal election Jean Chretien claimed abortion was a “settled issue” for Canadians. This Sunday October 1st, hundreds of people in Sault Ste. Marie will line the streets of the city and declare, once again, that Chretien was wrong then, and is wrong still.
Life Chain is a prayerful and peaceful witness to the sanctity of human life and the harm of abortion. Every year, Life Chain participants hold signs with messages such as “Life: the first inalienable right” and “Abortion kills children” at hundreds of locations across North America for one hour on the first Sunday of October. It is a simple but powerful reminder of our duty to defend the weakest members of our society.
As recently as this summer, June 9, 2017, our “settled” society tossed a provincial law that banned access to abortion statistics. The decision by Justice Marc Labrosse of the Ontario Supreme Court undid a 2012 law brought in by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty to exclude “records relating to the provision of abortion services” by amending Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
The Ontario government argued, unsuccessfully, that disclosing hospital records on abortion “could pose risks to the safety and security of their patients, healthcare providers and other staff. Evidently, the Ontario government does not consider the issue of abortion “settled”.
The court challenge was brought by the Association of Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada and pro-life activist Patricia Maloney. In October 2012, Maloney reported that Statistics Canada data between 2000 and 2009 revealed 491 abortions of 20 weeks gestation or more resulted in a live birth.
“This means that the aborted child died after it was born,” she wrote then.
Those findings also sparked renewed calls from Campaign Life Coalition for “born alive protection” legislation.
“These numbers testify to the gruesome reality of children who are potentially being born alive and left to die or killed,” Jack Fonseca, Campaign Life’s senior political strategist, said.
This is information that the Ontario government sought to stifle.
This is what Canadians are not aware of.
This is why the LIFE CHAIN is still needed.