A walk to support life

Lisa Goudy
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The Moose Jaw Right to Life's annual Walk for Life kicks off on May 31, 2014 outside Victory Church.

Canada, North Korea and China are the only countries without abortion legislation.

“It’s quite amazing because other places will say at such and such a time, after this trimester, then no, it’s against the law,” said Jean Landry, president of Moose Jaw Right to Life. “We have none. It’s a void and that’s a big concern.”

The Moose Jaw Right to Life had its annual Walk for Life event on Saturday where supporters of all ages and genders went for a 45-minute walk from Victory Church to Main Street and back in support of abortion law. The walk has been occurring every year for more than 30 years.

“Basically, we want to bring awareness to the community that this topic is still very much alive and it’s not going away and even though our politicians tend to want to just ignore it and not bring it up again, it’s there,” said Landry. “There’s many, many people that really support life and I think a lot of people are uninformed as far as the facts.”

The walk also served as a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Right to Life as people collected pledges. The money will be used to upkeep the office space on Main Street and educational information.

“We have the figures of the unborn children through all the stages in the windows. We have the facts. We have all kinds of information,” said Landry. “We really need to be informed. We’re hoping that our walk informs people.”

The centre also has clothing giveaways once a month where mothers can take clothes for babies for free.

“That part is the support, to support mothers, not just to say there shouldn’t be abortion, but we need to support mothers and that’ll make it so much easier to make these decisions in a critical, critical time,” said Landry. “We also promote WeNeedALaw.ca … (which is) a group that we support that are very much for this.”

Leah Erickson and Jeanine Beaudry were two of the participants in the walk.

“I love to bring my kids out so that they can be involved in it and I just like to support awareness for the lives of unborn babies,” said Erickson.

“It’s a beautiful day to come out for a walk and to support life,” added Beaudry.

Saturday was Erickson’s second time participating in the walk while it was Beaudry’s first time.

“It’s important just to bring an awareness to Moose Jaw,” said Erickson. “Lots of people probably don’t even know that there’s a group that supports that.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Victory Church

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Suzanne
    June 01, 2014 - 20:26

    China does ban sex selection abortion by law. So only Canada and North Korea have no laws on abortion.