On May 9th and 10th, STM’s Knights for Life headed to Ottawa to attend the National March for Life. They gathered together on Parliament Hill, along with 25,000 other Canadians, to protest for the rights of the unborn. Kimberley Sandoval, a member of Knights for Life, said she "expected lots of people but the number was much greater [than expected]." There were so many people in attendance that by the time the Knights finished the march and arrived back at Parliament Hill, there were still people who hadn’t even started the walk!
Glad to be out of the blistering hot sun, the Knights returned to the bus and headed to their hotel to tend to their sun burns and to prepare for the youth banquet. The well-attended banquet was held later that night and featured several speakers who rallied against abortion.
STM's Knights for Life was founded nine years ago by Special Education Resource Teacher Mr. Mombourquette and group members have attended the March for Life in Ottawa every year since. The group believes that abortion laws in Canada should be changed and since youth are seen as a strong part of social change, the club was started to spread the pro-life message amongst teens.
Ms. Cino, an Educational Assistant at STM, has been a part of Knights for Life and has attended the March for eight years. At her first March, she estimated “there were about five thousand people. Each year, two to five thousand more people attend.”
Knights for Life run a number of different events throughout the year. They visit nursing homes and talk about such issues as abortion and euthanasia. Their main belief is that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. If you are passionate about the pro-life movement, Knights for Life always welcomes new members.