Back To Life

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Back To Life. Her voice will be heard in Canada.
An initiative to raise awareness of unrestricted abortion in Canada and to give women their voice back.

98% of the world currently has a law on abortion. Only 3 countries do not, and Canada is one of them.

This year marks the 25th anniversary that there has been no restriction on abortion in Canada. Back in 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law on abortion, charging Parliament to create a new law and decide when a baby in the womb should be legally protected. Unfortunately, that legislation still hasn’t been passed. Therefore, the point at which human life legally begins still remains undefined in Canada today.

“Surprisingly, many Canadians are unaware of the lack of restriction on abortion.”

An unborn child can be legally aborted in Canada up to 9 months old. Since the law was struck down in 1988, there has been an estimated 2.5 million abortions in Canada, an average of 100,000 per year. This would be the size of the city of Toronto. With a single abortion costing roughly $1600, over 25 years this totals an astonishing 4 billion dollars, all at taxpayer expense.

Surprisingly, many Canadians are unaware of the lack of restriction on abortion. Many women who have had an abortion say that at the time they felt they had no choice.

“So many women have been pressured into abortion and carry deep pain from that harassment. This really is the untold story of abortion in Canada.”

Marking the 25th anniversary of unrestricted abortion, an initiative called Back To Life has brought together 25 women who are walking from Montreal to Ottawa. Back To Life aims to give women their voice back in the hope that they can help to initiate change and raise awareness of the negative emotional and physical effects of abortion.

Faytene Grasseschi, the walk organizer, shared, “What we quickly realized was that, in the name of choice, so many women in Canada have felt like they did not have a choice. So many women have been pressured into abortion and carry deep pain from that harassment. This really is the untold story of abortion in Canada...”

The brave volunteers will cover an incredible 222 km as they walk from the Morgentaler Clinic in Montreal, Quebec, to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. Each walker represents a year of unrestricted abortion in Canada. The walk is not political, however, it is personal. Each woman has a story. Each desires change.

“You can take a child from the womb but you can’t take the memory of the child from the mother.”

The Canadian volunteers are of different ages, and from various cultural and social backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they have had a personal experience with abortion. Some have had an abortion or felt strongly pressured to choose that option. Some are representing those in their generation that have been aborted. Others have seen the pain that abortion has caused their friends and family, and are walking to raise awareness and express the need for change.

The walk takes place from April 27th - May 10th. The women are well prepared for the walk and have undergone weeks of training with professional supervision. Ashley, one of the walkers, felt pressured against her will into abortion at 5 months. She says, “You can take a child from the womb but you can’t take the memory of the child from the mother.”

“They are walking for the sake of love.”

Also among the volunteers is Doctor Laura, a family physician, who said, “I feel like many of my medical colleagues have no idea that we’re not truly allowing women to make an informed choice. I really believe that it’s time in our country that we have a reformation of how we approach unplanned pregnancies.”

The courageous team are carrying the pain of abortion in Canada. They are walking for an aborted generation. They are speaking up for those that cannot. They are walking for the sake of love.

If you would like to find out more or support Back To Life, please visit www.backtolifecanada.com

Click here for video testimonies of the walkers.