Prayer chain held to recognize abortion

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Joining more than 900 groups across North America, about 70 people in Prince Albert braved cold weather and sporadic rain to raise public awareness about abortion on Sunday.

A handful of about 70 people that held a prayer chain along Second Avenue West are shown on Sunday afternoon. 

Joining more than 900 groups across North America, about 70 people in Prince Albert braved cold weather and sporadic rain to raise public awareness about abortion on Sunday.

Lined up along Second Avenue West, the activists held up signs highlighting their two key points — “Abortion hurts women,” and, “Abortion kills children.”

Referencing the first note, the event’s key organizer Val Hettrick said that many women grow to regret their abortions.

“We’re finding more and more women willing to talk about their abortion experience,” she said, noting that some have even started joining in the group’s pro-life efforts.

When it comes to the idea that abortion kills children, Prince Albert Right to Life Association president Dorothy Kawula labels Canada’s current criminal code as condoning murder.

“Right now, there are abortions are performed where the baby is taken completely out of the womb except for the head, and is not considered human so they therefore can kill it,” she said.

“In Canada, you can kill a baby up to nine months, so that’s something that we should discuss.”

With babies able to survive premature births at increasing prevalence due to modern medicine, this is an area of concern, she said.

In Canada, you can kill a baby up to nine months, so that’s something that we should discuss. Dorothy Kawula, Prince Albert Right to Life Association president

“There’s such as struggle now with being able to identify that life is precious. I think we get so distracted and it’s just easy to say it doesn’t matter,” she said.

“We, as a society, have to protect our most vulnerable members, and are we making that a priority.”

Sunday’s event wasn’t a protest, Hettrick said, but a means of raising awareness.

“It’s just a silent witness, really. We stand out in the street — rain, shine, it doesn’t matter — just to show our love and support for the women who are pregnant with unexpected pregnancies, and we want them to know that they can keep their babies.”

Although the event itself wasn’t political in its nature, the Prince Albert Right to Life Association stays up to date on the politics that surround abortion.

Last month, a motion that would have a study done to determine when human life begins, was defeated in the House of Commons with an MP vote of 91 to 203, including Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback’s opposition.

“I think some of our MPs showed a lot of courage. I think that we can’t resolve things until we talk about them,” Kawula said. 

Organizations: Life Association, Prince Albert, House of Commons

Geographic location: Canada, North America

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