US abortion debate doesn't weigh on Vernon pro-life rally

Urgency 'always there'

Organizers of an anti-abortion rally in Vernon say the re-emergence of the issue in U.S. politics has added no urgency to their protests.

"The urgency has always been there," Lydia Melesko of Vernon & Area Pro Life said at the noon-hour rally at the cenotaph, Thursday.

"Life has always been precious ... I don't see the U.S. as an issue here."

Music and prayers were offered at the solemn ceremony, which attracted about 30 people.

It was one of many across the country co-ordinated with a large March for Life rally outside Parliament in Ottawa today.

The protests come as the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case in the United States is back in the news following a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision pointing towards it being overturned.

Melesko said she doesn't foresee any change in abortion law in Canada despite the debate south of the border ... "but there's always hope."

"The first right is the right to life ... without it, no other rights have meaning or purpose," she said.

Literature handed out at the event said 100,000 abortions a year are performed in Canada.

A Research Co. and Glacier Media conducted last month, before the U.S. leak, found 44 per cent of Canadians believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, down four points since 2020.

More than a third (37 per cent, up one point) say abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances, while 10 per cent (down two points) think abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

Meanwhile, the federal government said this week it is giving $3.5 million for projects to help improve access to abortion services in Canada.

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