Kelowna issues anti-abortion proclamation

September 24 to October 2 has quietly been proclaimed as Protect Human Life Week in Kelowna.

September 24 to October 2 has quietly been proclaimed as Protect Human Life Week in Kelowna.

It is the fourth consecutive year the Mayor Sharon Shepherd has granted the pro life proclamation at the request of the Kelowna Right to Life Society.

In part, the proclamation reads: “It is the intention of this proclamation to promote respect and protection to all human life, especially the infirm, the aged, the handicapped and the unborn.”

Kelowna Right to Life executive director Marlon Bartram said that the statements contained within the document come at a crucial time.

The society claims abortion—what it calls “the destruction of unborn life”—continues “unabated” and that legal protection for those at the end of life is coming under attack.

“At KGH, the killing of unborn children continues,” said Bartram.

Abortion has been a core medical service at Kelowna General Hospital for the last 11 years.

Meanwhile, Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia are being challenged in the courts.

“Abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, even embryonic stem cell research; all these acts are direct affronts to the dignity of human life and violate the very basic principle that it is wrong to kill innocent human beings.”

Kelowna Right to Life has a number of events planned for the week-long event, including a Walk for Life fundraiser in Mission Creek Park on Sept. 24, a free informational session, a pro-life film festival and the annual Life Chain. For more information on Protect Human Life Week and the Kelowna Right to Life Society go to or call 250 862-8202.


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