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Week of February 3, 2003
Abortion Law remembered
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Defying the bitter cold, about 200 people from across Alberta marched around the Law Courts buildings Jan. 28 to mark the 15th anniversary of the striking down of Canada's abortion law and to demand protection for the unborn.
People of all ages, from small children to seniors, took part in the hour-long demonstration. All carried signs with messages such as Justice for the Unborn and Thanks Mom for Giving Me Life.
"Maybe it's a good thing to be in the cold so we can feel the pain that children must suffer when they are exposed to abortion," said Camrose's Deanna Wilson, who attended the demonstration with her daughter Patricia, 9. "I'm here to get people and government officials to think and realize we need a law that stops the killing of our children."
The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the abortion law in the Criminal Code, section 251, on Jan. 28, 1988, removing all vestiges of protection for the unborn. Since then, over 100,000 unborn children died every year in Canada, noted rally organizer Paula Rebstock, president of the Edmonton Prolife Coalition.
"Because there is no law, a lot of people feel that abortion is maybe a choice and they are pressured into that choice," she said. "What we want is protection for all human beings, from conception to natural death."
Several small children joined their parents in the protest, including Enid Schiller and her brothers Michael, 9, Jeffrey, 5. The St. Albert trio carried signs that said, Thanks Mom for Giving Me Life and See the World Through Your Child's Eyes . . . Choose Life.
"I'm protesting against abortion because it's wrong and it's killing children," Enid said.
Quipped her brother Michael Schiller. "It's just killing innocent little kids."
Russell Grigailis, 33, came from Leduc to join the rally. "People think it's just birth control, but they don't realize it's actually murder."
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