PRO-LIFE MARCHERS gathered to oppose abortion and euthanasia and to call on Parliament to bring forward legislation "that will protect all human life from the time of conception to natural death" during the annual March for Life rally on Parliament Hill on Thursday.
The theme for this year's march was "Let Life Win," which organizers explained would "challenge all Canadians to choose life when faced with a life or death situation."
Among the speakers to address the crowd was Veggie Tales creator and author Eric Metaxas, as well as Cardinal Collins of Toronto and others.
More than a dozen Conservative MPs and senators also took the stage — which was assembled on the steps outside Centre Block, below the Peace Tower — including David Anderson, Royal Galipeau, Stephen Woodworth, Rob Anders, Wladyslaw Lizon, Brad Trost, Maurice Vellacott, Dave Van Kesteren, Ed Komarnicki and Stella Ambler. Several senators also attended: Betty Unger, Norm Doyle and Tobias Enverga.
Former MP Pat O'Brien, who was among the former Liberals to sign onto a letter criticizing party leader Justin Trudeau over his decision to require all future Liberal candidates and MPs to vote against any attempt to limit abortion, was also in attendance.
The national March for Life has brought thousands of protesters annually to Parliament Hill to mark the anniversary of the 1969 bill that legalized abortion in Canada. This year's turnout was expected to be more than 20,000. The crowd there heard that there were "more than 25,000 of you out there."