Over 250 people participated in a pro-life walk and rally in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The most moving speech came from Candace Robichaud who related her personal experience with abortion. The Sunday June 26th pro-life rally was moving along uneventfully until politics was mentioned.
Two Nova Scotia MLAs in the audience, Jack McIsaac and Donald Cameron, both PCs, also addressed the audience, indicating they were pro-life. However, they were heard grumbling when Paul Dodds from Campaign Life Coalition in Toronto made a speech about the responsibilities of pro-lifers in influencing their politicians concerning the new abortion law.
Dodds who had just attended the national pro-life meeting in Prince Edward Island, pointed out that all three Mulroney proposals stand for legalized abortion. Politicians may not compromise with evil, he stated. MPs must vote against all three options, he said, including Amendment A which would allow for abortion in the case of health or life of the mother. No right thinking person may vote for the legalization of abortion. As well, he said, a strong stand will force the Government to bring forth a new proposal which could then include a true pro-life option.
Dodds argued that it is the responsibility of all pro-lifers in the next federal election to vote only for those politicians who will actively work to protect all unborn children from the moment of conception without exception. If pro-lifers fail to do this, and a bad law is implemented following the election, they will have to take some responsibility for the deaths of unborn children which will result.
After the rally ended, Dodds and a group of three others were confronted by a hostile MacIsaac and Cameron in the parking lot. The two called the group “sleazebags” and various other names. At one point when the one woman in the group asked what exactly had upset them, she was told: “Shut up you bitch!”
The politicians told the foursome that abortion was not meant to be political. According to them things had been running along just fine until Dodds made it political. Nothing seems to upset politicians and voters more than the reminder that politics may sometimes be very uncomfortable for those who stick to principles.