Hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico waved sky blue ribbons last weekend to urge their country to protect unborn babies from abortion.
Various March for Life events were held across the country, including in Mexico City (the capital), Guerrero, Pueblo and more than 100 other cities and towns, Evangelical Focus reports.
They rallied around the theme “the two lives,” which recognizes that the mother and her unborn child both are unique, valuable human beings. Many pro-lifers carried sky blue ribbons and white balloons or wore blue kerchiefs.
Abortion laws vary by state in Mexico. Abortions are legal up to 12 weeks in Mexico City, but many states prohibit or widely restrict the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
“Life, yes! Abortion, no!”, “My mother said yes, and this is why I am here!”, and “Mexico, be courageous, defend the innocents”, were some of the chants heard in the capital city. The demonstrators walked from the Gallito monument to the Zócalo.
Rodrigo Iván Cortés, President of the National Front for the Family, said: “In the whole republic, we are almost one million of people committed, who have expressed ourselves clearly and with strength”.
María José Berrueta, General Director of the Steps For Life, the platform that organises Mexico City’s annual march for life, said the hundreds of thousands had sent “a very clear message: Mexico defends life”.
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Here are some images from the pro-life marches:
— carlos aguiñaga (@carlossaguinaga) October 21, 2018
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— Stephen Michael (@stephensvd2015) October 20, 2018
— Frente Nacional (@FNxFamilia) October 21, 2018
— La Unión 🌐 (@UniondeMorelos) October 21, 2018
— ObservatorioCiudadano (@ObservatorioCi7) October 20, 2018
— QuintanaRooNews (@quintanaroonews) October 21, 2018
Mexico, like many other countries across the globe, is facing on-going international pressure to legalize abortion, often from groups financed by some of the richest men in the world. But some political leaders are rejecting the push and trying to increase protections for the unborn.
Earlier in October, legislators in the state of Sinaloa approved a constitutional amendment to protect unborn babies from the moment of conception. In July, the United Nations also put pressure on the state Veracruz to legalize abortion on demand, according to C-fam. However, the state legislature rejected a plan to legalize abortion in December.