Millions of Argentinians marched in 117 different cities across the country Sunday to urge the nation to continue its protection of life.
The massive marches come on the heels of a proposal to legalize abortion up to 14 weeks in pregnancy, according to Crux. Seventy percent of Argentinians identify as Catholic, and they have not shied away from vocalizing their beliefs that abortion is wrong. “Protect them both,” the marchers chanted in Spanish on Sunday.
Abortion is not legal in Argentina except for in nine provinces where women can abort if continuing the pregnancy would threaten their life or if the pregnancy is the result of rape.
Marchers in Buenos Aires asked their legislators to reject any amendment to the law that would make abortion legal up to 14 weeks, also asking the lawmakers to reject changing the law so that unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome could be aborted past the 14-week mark.
They’re marching because “we consider that it’s inadmissible that in democracy we’re debating the possibility of eliminating human beings at will,” said Buenos Aires organizers, the Crux reports. (RELATED: Here’s What You Should Know About Down Syndrome Across America On World Down Syndrome Day)
“March For La Vida” — an umbrella organization that connects the nation’s other pro-life groups — organized Sunday’s activities. Roughly two million pro-lifers also rallied in March after the president announced a debate on Argentina’s abortion laws. (RELATED: WATCH: March For Life Attendees Explain #WhyWeMarch)
Thousands of pro-lifers in the U.S. rallied together at Washington’s January 2018 March For Life.
“Will you march for those who cannot speak for themselves? Do you agree that abortion harms women and society? Will you march so that abortion becomes unthinkable?” March For Life president Jeanne Mancini asked the crowd. “Will you march so that the human rights abuse of abortion will soon end? Will you march so that one day soon we no longer have to march?” she continued. To each question, the marchers emphatically yelled “YES!” in response. (I Attended The Women’s March And The March For Life. Here Are The Real Differences)
Argentinian President Mauricio Macri will not veto the law if Congress passes it, but the President said that he is personally pro-life and hopes that his country will follow suit, Crux reports.
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