Pro-lifers flooded the capital of the Czech Republic on Saturday to march for the rights of babies in the womb.
About 5,000 pro-lifers marched behind banners that read “Children Bring Hope” and “Scrap the Abortion Law” in downtown Prague, the Prague Morning reports.
“Women do not have an abortion because they would wish it. They are forced to have it by the circumstances, such as their partner’s disinterest and concerns about their future. We want to be a society in which people care for one another,” Czech pro-life leader Zdenka Rybova told CTK.
Photos from the Czech March for Life show thousands of people — families, religious leaders, young people and older adults – waving flags and carrying signs, balloons and crosses in support for babies in the womb and their moms. Catholic Cardinal Dominik Duka was among the attendees.
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The event was the 17th annual March for Life and Family in the Czech Republic, organized by the Hnuti pro zivot CR, or the Pro-Life Movement Czech Republic, according to the Prague Monitor.
Abortions are legal for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in the Czech Republic and for medical reasons up to 24 weeks with the approval of a medical board. About 20,000 unborn babies die in abortions annually in the country.
Here’s more from the report:
The number of abortions has been decreasing in the country for many years. In 1989, 10.8 abortions per 1,000 inhabitants were registered. In 2010 this figure went down to 2.3 abortions per 1,000 inhabitants and in 2015 it was 1.9 abortions. Last year, the Czech Statistical Office registered 20,300 abortions, compared with 20,400 in 2015 and 24,000 in 2010.
Abortions skyrocketed under Communist power, but they have been declining rapidly ever since the Communists lost power in Czechoslovakia in 1989. According to the Monitor, there were between 80,000 and 100,000 abortions annually under the Communists’ control.