Catholics in Poland are urging people to join them in prayer for unborn babies this week as radical abortion activists vandalize churches, disrupt services and demand the “right” to abort unborn babies in the European country.
Breitbart reports the prayer event “Rosary to the Gates of Heaven” began Sunday and continues through Nov. 8. Organizers said they hope “to change the course of history, stop evil and wipe out the consequences of our sins” and restore “hope, faith and acceptance of God’s peace.”
Pro-life Catholics launched the global week of prayer after violent pro-abortion protests erupted in the country in late October. The protests began when Poland’s constitutional court struck down one of the few exceptions allowed in its 1993 abortion law – abortions on unborn babies with disabilities. The justices ruled that the exception violates the constitution because it discriminates against human beings with disabilities.
Pro-life advocates celebrated the ruling because it recognizes that unborn babies deserve the same rights as children who have been born. In their prayer campaign, they encouraged Christians to ask God for forgiveness for the sin of abortion, according to the report.
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“The consequences of killing the unborn children become more and more visible and affect us more and more,” the organizers said on the event website.
“By this atonement prayer we want to make amends to God for the sin of abortion and make reparation for the suffering of unborn children,” they continued. “We want to save Poland and the world from the consequences of this sin.”
If enforced, the ruling could save thousands of babies’ lives. Polish health officials reported 1,100 abortions in 2019, and most were because the unborn baby was diagnosed with a disability such as Down syndrome.
However, earlier this week, Polish government leaders decided to delay the implementation of the ruling as a result of the ongoing protests, ABC News reports.
“There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation that is difficult and stirs high emotions,” said Michal Dworczyk, spokesperson for Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Poland has seen pro-abortion protests almost every day since the ruling was announced Oct. 22. UCA News reports protesters broke windows at the Archbishop of Czestochowa’s home last week. Other Catholic leaders reported vandalism, harassment and interruptions at Mass across the country.
Nearly 100 people have been arrested, according to an AP report last week.
Pro-abortion leaders are calling for more violence until the government meets their demands. Late last week, leading abortion activist Marta Lempart with the pro-abortion group Strajk Kobiet told a local news outlet that protesters should continue to riot and vandalize, according to the Catholic News Agency.
“Of course you should do that. You should do what you feel, what you think, what is effective and what they deserve,” Lempart said when asked to condemn the violence.
Now, government leaders appear to be caving into the radical abortion activists’ demands. According to CNA, President Andrzej Duda announced plans to introduce a bill that would allow unborn babies to be aborted if they are diagnosed with a fatal abnormality.
However, ABC News noted that abortion activists do not want a compromise, and they plan to hold more protests in the coming days.