290 cities and towns from Romania and the Republic of Moldova organize on Saturday, March 25th, the March for Life 2017 – “Help the Mother and Child! They Depend on You”. In Bucharest, the March for Life will be broadcast live on the Internet by Prodocens Media.
The event aims to initiate a national debate on the need, possibility and efficiency of supporting women in pregnancy crisis, especially since Romania is among top 5 countries in the world (all former communist countries) in terms of the total number of abortions ever made compared to actual population: 22,832,650 legally made surgical abortions have been made – only in Romanian state hospitals –, between year 1958 and June 2016, compared to a population of 19,760,000 inhabitants as registered on January 1st, 2016.
The official press release of the March for Life 2017 – “Help the Mother and Child! They Depend on You” in Romania and the Republic of Moldova can be downloaded here.
Download links to promotional materials of the March for Life 2017: here.
The March for Life is at its 7th edition in Romania and at its 3rd in the Republic of Moldova. The movement has enjoyed steady growth. In 2014 the event was organized in 40 cities and towns from Romania, in 2015 in 77 cities and towns (75 from Romania, 2 from the Republic of Moldova) and in 2016 in 130 cities and towns from Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
People of all confessions got actively involved in organizing local marches for life in their towns of residence across Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
All six main Christian denominations have issued support statements regarding the event: the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Roman-Catholic Church in Romania, the Greek-Catholic Church of Romania, the Christian Baptist Cult, the Christian Evangelical Church of Romania and the Pentecostal Christian Cult.
Basilica, the media corporation of the Romanian Orthodox Church published pro-life materials on all its channels – print, TV and online – and covered all the events of the Pro-Life Month 2017 in Bucharest. While the previous editions of the march received the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, this year’s edition of the March for Life is even more special, since the whole synaxis (bishops’ gathering) of the Romanian Orthodox Church gave their blessing for it.
This year, the pro-life message is getting more powerful online and on social media networks through pro-life signs, pro-life poems, pro-life songs and more and more people personally assuming the pro-life message online.
This year, the event gets much more attention from people concerned with the natural family issue and with the referendum initiative to protect it in the Constitution. It has also drawn some off-topic and negative attention from LGBT online channels which attack the pro-life issue by equating it with the natural family issue, which they pretend it infringes upon sexual minority rights.
The March for Life is traditionally held in Romania and the Republic of Moldova around the date of the Annunciation feast and at the end of the Pro-Life Month, which is always the month of March. The Pro-Life Month is made of a series of local events aiming to educate, inform and raise awareness on the value of life from conception and the need to help and offer real alternatives to mothers in pregnancy crisis.
Pro-Life Month 2017 – list of events in Bucharest and nation-wide:
- Book launch: “BABY. My Story from inside Mom’s Belly” by Veronica Iani – in the Capital city of Bucharest, inaugurating the Pro-Life Month 2017, then in Brasov, Constanta and other localities from Romania
- “Flowers for Mommies” – volunteers from Studenti pentru Viata (“Students for Life”) offered flowers to pregnant women and medical staff at maternity wards in Brasov, Bucharest, Ploiesti, and also on the streets of Iasi
- “Thank You, Mother!”– Facebook campaign inviting users to use as their profile photo an online illustration carrying the message “Thank You, Mother!” and the abortion and live births statistics for the year of their birth – online on Facebook
- “Learn How to Defend Life!” – debate session and training regarding pro-life issues – in Bucharest
- Pro-Life asphalt drawings – in Bucharest and other cities and towns across Romania and the Republic of Moldova
- Pro-Life Movie movie screenings – in Bucharest and other cities and towns across Romania and the Republic of Moldova
- Charity Concert “The Gift of Life” by violinist Bogdan Gogoncea from “George Enescu” Philharmonic of the Romanian Athaeneum – at Diaconia Emergency Helpcenter for Women and Children Victims of Domestic Violence in Bucharest
- Book launch: “JOANNA. A Story about Down Syndrome” by Veronica Iani – on March 15, in the Capital city of Bucharest, inaugurating the Pro-Life Month 2017, then in Brasov, Constanta and also in Cluj on the 20th (as part of the local World Down Syndrome Day 2017 series of events)
- “My Pro-Life Sign” – series of workshops to manufacture signs with personalized messages to be carried at the March for Life – in Bucharest and cities across Romania
- March 18th, Bucharest – Run for Life 2017 – Charity race for adults and children with a view to raise awareness and funds for women in pregnancy crisis and children in need
- March 18th, Bucharest – “BabyPhoto”– Children Photography Workshop with photographer Dinu Savopol.
- March 23rd, Bucharest – Conference by pro-life doctor Ionel Cioată: “Do We Really Support Life? A question for family, doctors and society”. Ionel Cioată is a doctor in medical sciences specialized in obstetrics-gynaecoogy who has long given up performing abortions and runs a pro-life clinic in the western city of Timisoara, Romania.
- March 25th, in Bucharest and other 289 cities across Romania and the Republic of Moldova
- In a few cities, the march will be followed by an free-entrance open-air concert
- In Bucharest, the March for Life 2017 – “Help the Mother and the Child! They Depend on You” shall end with the rock concert Live for Life, performed by two bands who include three of the best guitar players in Romania.
- March 31st – April 2nd – “Trips for Life” – volunteering trip to Valea Plopului community for mothers in need and their children