I was so heartened by this! I often don't read Lifesite, despite my whole-hearted support of it (obviously!), because not only do I hear about all the stories as it is, when I sit down at the computer, I want to be refreshed, not depressed. So I read blogs by my friends and family. But when I saw my sister's Facebook status announcing the Mayor had said this, I had to go read the Lifesite article, and naturally, it was written by my husband. :) Anyway, this really seems revolutionary to me. I am so encouraged!
I was so thrilled I just had to send him an email, and encourage everyone else who was impressed to do the same. I imagine it takes a great deal of nerve to be so forwardly pro-life while in public office.
Apparently it has been called that for the last decade or so and started under Mayor Chiarelli not under Mayor Watson. I am quoting the Ottawa Citizen. When the city was contacted they said they have a policy of honouring the event occurring that day or something like that. Still, it is quite a surprise that the life issue wasn't just ignored - Chiarelli's Catholic roots are showing despite his membership in McGuinty's Liberals (not quite sure about that last piece of info).
I just got an email from the Mayor. He's pro-choice and disagrees with the proclamation, but has to do it because of tradition, basically. The LifeSite article made it sound MUCH MORE positive than this. Oh well.
Yes, I read the CBC report on the mayor's statement. However, we should take heart from the fact that he made it, which has caused more notice for the March for Life, it has brought the abortion issue again before the public. And as pro-choice women say, he is sending the "wrong message" to women, hooray! whether he intended it or not, he has helped our cause.
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