Pro-life Canadians and Parliamentarians rallied outside Parliament on Wednesday to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse his vow to strip the charity status of pro-life pregnancy centers.
Trudeau has targeted crisis pregnancy centers that offer options to women other than abortion, which includes vital services, classes, and resources for pregnant women.
“What our government is doing is just wrong,” MP Leslyn Lewis told the crowd during the rally, Save Our Charities, which was organized by the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC).
The organization noted that, during Canada’s last election, Trudeau’s Liberal Party issued a statement declaring that “anti-choice organizations are actively working to spread misinformation about abortion, putting the health and safety of young people and vulnerable women at risk.”
Some of the “anti-choice” organizations included crisis pregnancy centers, which liberals declare are “dishonest” to abortion-seeking women.
Trudeau vowed that, were he re-elected, his government would “no longer provide charity status to anti-abortion organizations (for example, Crisis Pregnancy Centers) that provide dishonest counseling to women about their rights and about the options available to them at all stages of the pregnancy.”
Pro-life groups of course deny that there is anything “dishonest” about offering life-affirming services to women, and it’s hard to imagine there being anything wrong with doing so unless one has a distinct problem with a baby being born.
MP Cathay Wagantall declared that “we have a Prime Minister here who is pre-determining what people’s outcomes can be, which is entirely wrong.” The lawmaker also noted that Canadians’ freedoms are “being challenged on so many levels.”
“I do not agree with this Prime Minister, or his government, pre-determining who can get what kind of help when they are truly seeking support to be able to carry their babies forward,” she added.
Lewis, for her part, also highlighted the very good work that pro-life pregnancy centers do for expectant parents.
“And I witnessed even young men being trained on how to be good fathers. I witnessed parents and families learning about nutrition, good nutritional values, how to do homework with their children, how to make sure that their children have a balanced life that incorporates activities and health and wellness. And so, there’s so much that is done at these pregnancy care centers,” she said.
“The politicization of charitable status is unacceptable. You should not have to agree with all the government’s positions in order to get charitable status in this country. And that goes in both directions. The Liberals are playing with fire when they’re doing this,” MP Arnold Viersen told rallygoers.
“So, we will work hard to protect our charitable status. Doesn’t matter whether it’s your favourite summer camp, your local church community, your local hospital, whichever one of your charities is your favourite charity, we will work hard to protect that,” he added.
During the rally, CLC also delivered a petition to each MP with 14,000 signatures which called on them to oppose any bill, motion, or policy seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers.
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