Pro-life march draws 2,000 in the city of Concepción, Chile
Two thousand Chilean pro-lifers participated in a pro-life demonstration last month in Concepción, the 3rd largest city in the country. Archbishop Fernando Chomali, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and the pro-life deputy Cristián Campos led the march.
The archbishop revealed his concern about a number of recent tragic episodes against life: the 43 teenagers brutally killed in Mexico; the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria, and the laws that promote abortion and euthanasia.
“We see the assaults against life and laws that promote abortion, and we don’t want that for Chile; worldwide experience confirms it. Abortion and euthanasia are acts of violence,” he said.
According to Campos, “We should promote public policies that generate conditions to support every woman who has to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. I promote a society where life is a basic principle, and where we support the development of every citizen.”
During the march, the participants listened to the testimony of Asunción Martínez, who had a risky pregnancy of identical triplets. According to her, a doctor from Santiago suggested that she should have a therapeutic abortion because the three babies were growing in just one placenta. She was terrified by the suggestion and started to think about the problem of abortion.
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“We never thought about abortion. Against all predictions, they were born without any problems and now are healthy and happy,” she said. “Today, I give my testimony so that people can think about the number of parents who opt for abortion. Therapeutic abortion is not the solution because you cannot solve a problem with a crime, punishing the unborn.”
Archbishop Chomali also said, “We will defend life with the weapons of reason, science and faith, which is love. Chile will be deeply harmed with the approval of a law that permits abortion, and the same will happen if it approves an euthanasia law.”
The march started in the cathedral, passed through O’Higgins Avenue and then returned.