About two dozen youth from CLC Youth and the National Campus Life Network were joined by CLC national president Jim Hughes as tens of thousands of U.S. marches walked by their three banners: “Canadians stand with pro-life America,” “Abortion is a crime against humanity,” and “CLC Youth.”
The youth wore matching red hoody sweaters with a white maple leaf on the front and the words pro-life in the middle of the leaf, as they waved Canadian flags and wore Team Canada sunglasses and gloves.
CLC Youth coordinator Alissa Golob told The Interim the Americans were appreciative of the Canadian presence and that many gave them hi-fives and fist bumps as they passed by. Hughes told The Interim that he was touched by the two dozen groups that passed by singing “O Canada.”
CLC project manager Matthew Wojciechowski told The Interim that many pro-lifers took pictures of the Canadians, and said that with everyone in matching red outfits, “it would make for a pretty striking photograph.”
Some asked for information about Canada’s National March for Life and many joked that we were wise to choose a warmer month. It was -13 in Washington. The U.S. march coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, while the Canadian march marks the anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus Bill that inaugurated abortion-on-demand.
Wojciechowski reported the only problems arose when some of the Americans wanted to talk about hockey.
He also said that Canadians taking part in the march “were so happy to see a young delegation of pro-life Canadians standing in front of the embassy.”