Tens of Thousands of People in South America Join Marches for Life to Protest Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 30, 2023   |   11:33AM   |   Washington, DC

Tens of thousands of South American pro-lifers marched peacefully in the streets March 25 to support unborn babies’ right to life on the Day of the Unborn Child.

Most Central and South American countries protect unborn babies’ lives, but they are facing intense international pressure to legalize abortion on demand. The huge crowds last week in cities across Argentina, Ecuador and Peru show that South Americans want those protections to remain in place.

According to ACI Prensa/Catholic News Agency, Argentinian pro-life leaders said 20,000 people attended the March for Life in Buenos Aires alone, and many more participated in seven other cities throughout the country.

“The march is one day of the year in which all of us who defend life from conception take to the streets to demonstrate for it,” Argentinian pro-life leader Ana Belén Marmora told ACI Prensa.

In late 2020, Argentina caved into international pro-abortion pressure and passed a law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to 14 weeks. Just a few months later, a woman died along with her unborn baby in a legal abortion – contradicting abortion activists’ claims that legalizing abortions would protect women’s lives.

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Marmora said the march is more important than ever because of the “disastrous law,” and they hope lawmakers will recognize the “grave error” that they made when they passed it.

“… we have to make it clearly seen that this is not over and that no one here is giving up,” she told the news outlet.

In Ecuador, where the law protects unborn babies’ right to life, thousands of pro-lifers also marched against abortion, according to the report. Pro-life events took place in three major cities, including the capital, Quito.

Thousands more pro-lifers marched in Lima, Peru, a country that also protects unborn babies from abortion. There, Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Adriano Tomasi of Lima reminded the crowd that every human life is a gift, according to the report.

“We believe in the God of life, in the God of the family. Now as an older person I come to defend our lives, so that laws that exclude us are not made, because life is immeasurable, life is a gift from God,” Tomasi said.

Abortion activists have been pressuring Central and South American leaders for years to repeal pro-life laws that protect unborn babies, sometimes resorting to violent protests, vandalism and threats. Roman Catholic churches especially have been targets of pro-abortion violence in recent years.

Many of these pro-abortion groups are funded by some of the richest men in the world, powerful figures who want the killing of unborn babies in abortions to be legal world-wide.

ADF International also has accused the Biden administration of pushing for more abortions across the world.

The U.S. currently is “the greatest international exporter of the abortion agenda,” ADF International director of legal communications Elyssa Koren said late last year. “In 2022, the Biden administration increased its annual budget for international ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’ services (code for abortion) by 9 percent, totaling $597 million in program allocations around the world.”

Abortion is the number one cause of death world-wide. Estimates vary, but research suggests somewhere between 42 million and 73 million unborn babies are aborted every year across the world.