The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, during its working session of 9 February 2017, blessed the initiative of the Students for life Association to organise the seventh national edition of the March for Life. The event will take place on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March 2017.
This year’s edition of the March for Life will be organised in over 285 cities across Romania and the Republic of Moldova, under the slogan Help the mother and the child! They depend on you! The March for life will start off in Bucharest at 12.30 p.m. on the route Union Park (Parcul Unirii) – Youth Park (Parcul Tineretului). There will be a pop music concert at the end of the March.
The March for Life represents one of the most important civic initiatives through which people support the fight against abortion. This scourge of contemporary society has claimed more than 22,638,755 lives in Romania during 1958-2014, ranking Romania second country worldwide after Russia in terms of the number of abortions reported to the existing population (116.5%).
In accordance with Christian teaching, life is God’s gift to humans, a gift that must be valued and protected, while abortion is a crime committed against an innocent human being (person), who cannot defend him or herself. Man enjoys life and vitality, has the right to live, but is also responsible for respecting life and defending it in any circumstance, knowing that in his bodily historical existence man prepares for his participation in God’s Kingdom.
Therefore, we urge you to participate in large numbers at the March for Life, on 25 March 2017, so as to bear a living witness to the importance and Christian meaning of human life, about the disastrous effects abortion has on family and society, and about the need to support women to give birth to the child blessed by God.
Press office of the Romanian Patriarchate