Pro-lifers in over 100 cities and towns across Spain join third annual March for Life


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A section of the huge crowd of pro-lifers who participated in the Madrid march.

October 9, 2012– Hundreds of pro-life groups and thousands of individuals in over 100 towns across Spain mobilized Sunday for the country’s third annual March for Life. Participants called on Spain’s new, more conservative government to close the “psychological risk” loophole in Spain’s abortion legislation that has led to over a million deaths, to stop the eugenic killing of disabled unborn children, and to end abortion altogether in Spain.

Supported by more than 500 volunteers, Spain’s principal pro-life organization, Right to Life (Derecho a Vivir) worked in a massive coalition to distribute more than 20,000 pennants, 28,000 balloons, 6,800 caps, 60,000 flyers, and tens of thousands of other items sporting a pro-life message, according to Europa Press.

The same agency reports that events were simultaneously held in Portugal and several Latin American countries, including Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Perú.

Gador Hoya, a Right to Life spokesman, spoke before demonstrators in Madrid, calling on the Spanish government to end eugenic abortions.

“[N]o human being should be discriminated against for being different, for having some disability. None!” said Hoya. “We therefore seek the abolition of eugenic abortion in its entirety.

“We don’t want disabled people of the first and second class. We want all disabled children to be protected by their government without exception before and after being born.”

Hoya added that the claim that women suffer a “psychological risk” because of their pregnancies is baseless, and fails to address the problems that lead pregnant women to desperation.

“Pregnancy doesn’t cause mental illness, nor does it psychologically disturb a woman.  The cause is found in the adverse circumstances that surround them, and we can and must do away with those circumstances,” said Hoya. “There cannot exist a collision of equal rights when we speak of the right to life of the unborn and the risk of depression in a woman. The right to life must always prevail in the face of all others because without it no right makes sense.”

Enrique Jaureguízar of Spain’s Doctors for Life, quoted the Spanish philosopher Julian Marías: “The gravest thing, from the moral standpoint, that has occurred in the 20th century, is the social acceptance of abortion.”

“And he was right,” continued Juareguízar.  “We will pay for these attacks against life with an inverted demographic pyramid with more pensioners than young workers, as we are already suffering in this horrible [economic] crisis.”

“It seems to me to be barbarous that there can exist a law that foments the culture of death,” marcher Carmen Gonzalez told Span’s El País newspaper. “It’s intolerable. How far are we going to go?”

Right to Life is seeking one million signatures for its petition to the Spanish government to end abortion in the country, and includes an option for non-Spanish to add their names.