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Thousands attend pro-life rally in Croatian capital ahead of local elections

On 29 May, thousands of pro-lifers rallied in the Croatian capital of Zagreb ahead of local and mayoral elections.

Luka Hudincec, one of the rally’s organisers, told reporters: “It’s our duty to advocate for protection of every human life, including unborn children”. He also emphasised that the march sought to demonstrate on behalf of the elderly against possible euthanasia.

Another organiser, Stjepan said: “We expect the politicians who represent us on both local and national level to uphold the basic human right – the right to live”. 

Organisers also urged officials to provide more support to pregnant women.

Many young people were among the thousands of peaceful demonstrators, and banners reading “Unborn lives matter too” were displayed.

One demonstrator told Croatia’s national broadcaster HRT that human lives needed more protection. He said: “Some animal species are protected, but the human life is not”.

A female member of the rally told HRT that she was attending to show “how much joy it brings to us to contribute in creating life”.

The march took place in the western parts of downtown Zagreb to Zrinjevac park.

Several counter-marchers also rallied outside the Croatian National Theatre, demanding a liberalisation of abortion laws.

Another Hod Za Život (walk for life) also took place in the southern town of Imotski on the same day – the first time a rally of this kind was held in the town.

Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right To Life UK said: “It is wonderful to see that so many people, including young people, took so peacefully and enthusiastically to the streets of Croatia to stand up for the rights for the unborn and the elderly”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

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