Amid the turmoils of war between Ukraine and Russia, a group of Polish Catholics reminded their country Saturday not to forget the victims of another gross violence: abortion.
Notes from Poland reports the Jasna Góra monastery in Częstochowa, southern Poland, hosted a special pro-life pilgrimage over the weekend to pray for an end to abortion.
“One cannot demand one justice while neglecting another justice that does not exist. There is no justice towards the unborn in Ukraine and in Russia … in Europe and in the world,” said Father Tomasz Kancelarczyk, of the Little Feet Foundation, according to the report. “[When] we stop feeling the value of life, it will be our war and our death.”
Poland has been welcoming millions of war refugees from neighboring Ukraine in recent weeks as the conflict with Russia continues.
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Pro-life advocates are concerned that pro-abortion groups are targeting these refugees and their unborn babies for abortions. One pro-abortion group, Aborcyjny Dream Team, complained on social media that Poland bans almost all abortions, and Ukrainian refugees are used to being able to get abortions up to 12 weeks in their country.
During the pilgrimage Saturday, the Polish Catholics reminded Europeans that abortions and war are both violent and tragic acts against human beings – only abortions have killed even more lives. In 2021 alone, approximately 42.6 million unborn babies were aborted across the world.
“Although the war takes a tragic toll and the number of victims continues to increase, the most people are killed as a result of abortion,” the monastery wrote on Twitter.
According to the Catholic Information Agency (KAI), Wojciech Zięba, president of the Polish Association of the Defenders of Human Life, told the pro-life pilgrims that unborn babies are valuable human beings even if they are “unwanted.” He also expressed concern that refugees to their country are being “offered … the abortion of their own child.”
“Despite the experience of the cruelty of war, the world still divides children into ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted,’” Zięba said.
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In response, the Life and Family Foundation – which is run by Poland’s most prominent anti-abortion activist, Kaja Godek – condemned the “incredible perfidy of abortionists…who propose to women fleeing from war help in killing their children”.
The foundation has been handing out leaflets in Ukrainian to refugees at the border telling them that, if anyone suggests getting an abortion, they should report it to the police.
Wacław Depo, the archbishop of Częstochowa, also spoke to the pilgrims, saying, “Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine and the threats in Poland and the world, we must not be enslaved by fears about the future and lose hope in the face of planned de-Christianisation and depopulation,” according to the report.
Poland is one of the few countries in Europe that recognizes unborn babies’ right to life. It prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life.