Thousands march for life in the Netherlands following poll showing youth now most pro-life generation

Over 11,000 people joined the Netherlands ‘March For Life’ 2019 to proclaim the right to life of unborn babies and highlight the suffering that abortion brings.

Campaigners marched in silence through the city of Utrecht carrying signs that said: “we stand up for the rights of the unborn child,” “we love them both” and “I am the pro-life generation”

The organisers of the event, noted that a “striking” number of young people were in attendance.

The Leader of the Reformed Political Party, Kees Van der Staaij, also noted the young crowd, saying: “more and more younger people say that it has gone too far how that is arranged in the Netherlands”. He added: “There is change in the air”.

Gert Jan Maarten Segers, a member of the Christian Union Party, said: “It is 2019, not 1970. Young people think more critically about abortion and are open to arguments. How encouraging is that!”

Researchers at Tilburg University found that Dutch people in their 20s and 30s are more likely to be pro-life than those who are older than them.

The study, due to be published in the journal Mens en Maatschappij, is based on data from a European study that has been ongoing for almost 40 years. Over 7,000 Dutch people are part of the research project, answering questions on issues such as abortion and euthanasia.

The difference between younger and older generations is only getting bigger, the Tilburg researchers say.

This is an emerging trend across Europe and around the world.

UK polling, conducted in London earlier this year, shows that 18-34-year-olds were also more likely to be pro-life than those older than them.

Gallup’s annual public opinion poll on abortion revealed younger generations were more likely to call for Roe v. Wade’s overturn than older survey respondents.

The Director of Netherlands’ March for Life, Kees van Helden believes it is important to have the freedom to offer support to women outside abortion clinics. He told the young March for Life audience: “At the clinics we still find women who cancel their abortions at the entrance to the clinic every week. As long as we stand there and people abort the abortion, that means that there is something structurally wrong… So something really needs to change.”

He revealed the pro-life organisation are busier than ever assisting women with unplanned pregnancies. In 2014, they had 100 requests for help, but last year received over 520 requests.

Over 30,000 abortions take place in the Netherlands each year.

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Over 50,000 march for life in Slovakia, ahead of a parliamentary debate on abortion

Tens of thousands of pro-life campaigners marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling on the country’s leaders to protect unborn babies.

Over 50,000 people gathered in the streets of Bratislava for The National March for Life ahead of a parliamentary debate on abortion restriction scheduled this month.

Campaigners carried signs saying: “a human is human regardless of size” and “who kills an unborn child kills the future of the nation”.

“The life of every human is invaluable, therefore it needs to be protected from conception until natural death,” one of the organizers said.

In Slovakia, abortions are permitted without restriction up until 12 weeks gestation. After twelve weeks, a group of physicians can approve an abortion in cases where the life of the mother is at risk or the unborn child is thought to be disabled.

MPs want to protect unborn babies from abortion by reducing the permissible time limit to 6-8 weeks or banning it altogether, with the country’s parliament due to discuss the proposed protections later this month.

The ruling parties — the social democrat party Smer and the junior Slovak National Party have not indicated any support.

Abortion and the right to life are likely to be key campaign issues as Slovakia’s political parties gear up for the February 2020 general election.

The number of abortions in the country, with a population of 5.4 million, has been decreasing.

In 1997 more than 20,000 women chose to have an abortion, last year this number had decreased to 7,350, according to Slovakia’s Statistical Office.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Pro-life marches continue to attract millions of people across Europe and the rest of the world. We hope that those working in law and government take note of the growing number of voices speaking up for life and enact positive legislation that will protect women and unborn babies”.

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