National March for Life in Prague Politicians say: To defend unborn children should be a matter of course

Praga_marcia-per-la-vita-2015-abortoOn Saturday, 21st March 2015 the 15th annual National March for Life took place in Prague. The police estimated the number of participants this year at about 1,500.

The purpose of the event was to bring to the notice of the public the continuing injustice committed against more than 23 thousand children, who are killed annually by induced abortion. The National March for Life is supported by several prominent personalities of political and religious life and by Czech and foreign organisations.

Before the start of the National March for Life His Eminence Dominik Cardinal Duka, Archbishop of Prague, celebrated Holy Mass. The March itself started shortly after 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Square. In a short introductory programme a number of politicians spoke in support of the action: Jitka Chalánková, Nina Nováková, Tomášš Zdechovský and Tomio Okamura, who at the beginning of his speech declared that the protection of unborn human life should not be taken for granted. He further emphasised the necessity of political support of the family based on the marriage of a man and a woman. All the speakers thanked the participants for their ongoing efforts with which they endeavour to attain improvements in the legal protection of unborn children.

The politicians also supported this year’s appeal, which draws attention to the real situation of many Czech women, who are in practice forced to resort to abortion. In the letter to the Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, which the organisers sent to him in the name of the participants of the March, there is also a request to devise a strategy to help pregnant women and to support families, especially where a third child is expected, and to create legal conditions for the defence of human life from the moment of conception onwards.

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