Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first-ever Light Chain! If you passed by Guelph’s City Hall on January 28th, it would have been hard to miss it: nearly fifty pro-life supporters joined together to display the number 3,703,195 in six-foot-tall lettering, lit up against the night sky.
That number represents the total number of abortions in Canada since 1969. The goal of the event was to shed some light on the impact abortion has had in our country. So many people are not aware of how many abortions occur each year in Canada, or the fact that abortion is legal throughout the entire pregnancy. Currently, Canada has no law on abortion – no protection for human beings at their earliest stages.
The Light Chain was a great step in our efforts to educate the community about life issues. Pro-life supporters were holding signs with positive messages, including pregnancy help information and “Protect Life From Conception – No Exceptions”. However, the number itself prompted the most discussion. One man asked ‘What does the number stand for?’ When a volunteer explained its significance, he responded, ‘That is a very big number. That really is a big number’.
The idea for the event came from Alliance for Life Ontario, who encouraged all pro-life groups in the province to hold a Light Chain on January 28th. That particular date is significant because it is the anniversary of the 1988 Supreme Court decision that resulted in Canada’s abortion law being struck down. Many Right to Life groups held events to mark the day, and Light Chains were held in Welland and Hamilton.
We look forward to hosting this great event again next year!