OTTAWA – This year's National March for Life May 9 framed abortion as a human rights issue, damaging especially to women and girls, and it drew the largest crowd ever.
"Gendercide is the systematic elimination of girls just because they are girls," said Conservative MP Mark Warawa.
"There are 200 million missing girls in the world right now, which is creating a huge problem for society," said Warawa whose Motion 408 to condemn female gendercide was deemed non-votable earlier this year.
The political debate engendered by the motion gave rise to the march's theme: End Female Gendercide: It's a Girl should not be a Death Sentence.
"Ninety-two per cent of Canadians say that's wrong," Warawa said. "I say that's wrong. You stay that's wrong."
RCMP estimated the crowd at 10,000 to 12,000 but organizers claimed it exceeded 20,000.
Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told the crowd: "The March for Life is growing every year. This year the media will not be able to ignore it. Soon the government will not be able to ignore it."
Canadians and Americans are proud to come from nations that promote human rights, said Anderson who is based in K of C headquarters in New Haven, Conn. "But abortion does not promote human rights; abortion is contrary to human rights."
"Only a culture of life can build a true culture of human rights," he said.
"No problem is so grave it requires the death of our children," he said. An estimated 100,000 unborn children are aborted every year in Canada.
About eight Catholic bishops attended the march.
"We want to care for life from conception to natural death," said Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, primate of Canada.