Tens of thousands of twinkling lights shined on the square outside of the Netherlands parliament this week to represent the 30,000 unborn babies who die each year from abortions in the country.
A LifeNews reader from the Netherlands shared photos of the heartbreaking display, which is part of the pro-life “Week of Life” in the Netherlands. On Tuesday, 100 pro-life women gathered in the Square in front of parliament in The Hague to set up 30,000 candle lights to display the number “30,000” on the ground. Each light symbolized an unborn baby who was aborted in the past year.
Geerlof de Jong told LifeNews that pro-lifers wanted to acknowledge the pain that abortion causes to women as well as their unborn babies.
“Often they suffer from the fact that they can not talk to anyone about it. Or regret their abortion because their environment has put them under pressure,” according to a translation of Week of Life materials that de Jong provided. “The ‘hour of light’ was therefore be organized by women. In short: an action by women for women. Each of the 100 participating women received 300 lights to put on the floor.”
In an email to LifeNews, de Jong explained:
Each year, the lives of thirty thousand unborn children end in the Netherlands. The majority of the parliament does not want to take action to bring that number down. The Dutch Reformed Political Party (SGP) finds that unacceptable. For us, the protection of unborn life one of the most important political priorities.
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… The purpose of the Week of Life is a campaign about abortion and unintended pregnancy to bring back the attention of the Dutch society on this theme. A woman deserves better than abortion. The organising parties participating in this week undertake various activities to stimulate discussion about the value of unborn life and to celebrate the beauty of life.
The Dutch Week of Life organizers said their goal is to stimulate discussion about unborn babies’ lives and to celebrate the beauty of every human life. According to the group, one in seven pregnancies in the Netherlands ends in an abortion, and abortions are legal up to 24 weeks.
“Every woman and every child deserves better than abortion!” the organizers proclaimed online.