Voice Will Be Heard
by Major Danielle
I was singing and praying and walking the
other day. Actually I was doing that every day for ten days
straight, traveling 180 km total as I led 25 women on a walk
from Montreal to Ottawa in a campaign called Back To Life
Canada. Every one of the women who walked has a story. And a
story is a powerful thing. Their stories are about women and
Now this is where everything gets a bit
tricky. When the abortion debate comes up, it can conjure up
images of heated arguments, or sensational and controversial
media events. Needless to say, the conversation tends to be
off the table. Which brings me back to our campaign. The
campaign is made up of women from all different backgrounds
and socio-economic groups, but they all have one thing in
common: they want to value life.
In justice circles, human rights is a
central theme. I’d venture to guess that there isn’t a justice
issue on the planet that doesn’t have at its root the
devaluing of human life. I remember hearing Pope John Paul II
say that “the greatest threat to the next generation is
excessive capitalism and the death of persons not yet born.”
Those threats, we now understand, are related.
Here’s how justice works: the valuing of
people becomes the priority over the right to make money.
Excessive capitalism is the reverse: this is when people
become products. Human trafficking thrives in the world
because life has become a commodity. Prostitution happens
because, tragically, people can be bought and sold in our
world right now. Abortion is similar. Babies become expendable
Most of the women I walked with have
post-abortive stories. My friend KC was a product of rape and
her mother decided to give birth to her anyway, and then give
her up for adoption. She was adopted by an amazing family and
then was able to reconnect with her birth mother years later,
and she is full of joy as she shares about how happy she is to
My friend Lisa was bullied into an abortion.
Her boyfriend tried to stop the process after hearing her
cries in the surgery room, and was denied entry.
The abortion was completed, and she now tells her story
of healing with many tears and much regret.
All of the women I walk with have their own
stories, and their own reasons for walking. And each of them
understands something critical to justice: human life—however
small, however fragile, however broken—must be valued. It must
be loved and embraced and declared good. So, we walk on.
Life matters. How we deal with life matters.
How we value life matters. How we protect the weakest and most
fragile among us matters.
But the voices of these women go even
farther than that. They go on to say that even in the midst of
life devalued, all is not lost. Healing still flows.
Forgiveness and hope for the future still exist. The voices of
these women are far from angry, mob-like judgment and much
more like a diverse choir—a beautiful sound of life. A sound
of love. A sound
of women marching together to value one another and to listen
to the sound of life emerging, even the smallest, tiny,
unheard cry of a baby in the womb. Her voice will be heard
– You can read more of the women’s stories
on Back to Life Canada.