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People carry a large banner during the National March for Life in Ottawa, May 10. An estimated record crowd of nearly 20,000 turned out.

May 21, 2012

A largely young and noisy crowd gathered on Parliament Hill for the 2012 March for Life to urge Parliament to make abortion illegal and to remind officials that children are the building blocks of society.

Organizers estimated that 19,500 people participated in the May 10 march, a record for the 15-year-old event, according to Jim Hughes, Campaign Life Coalition president.

He said about 60 per cent of attendees were 30 years old or younger.

Meanwhile, at several Masses around the Canadian capital in conjunction with the march, prelates challenged conventional thinking in society that leads to support for abortion.

"We need to challenge the false idea that abortion is merely a private, personal decision," Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa said in a homily at the packed Notre Dame Cathedral.

"The truth is, abortion hurts everyone – the developing child in the womb, the mother, the father, the extended family, the community, and even our culture."