Hundreds of families from all over New Zealand will join together to celebrate life and march to Parliament Grounds from the Civic Centre at 2pm on Saturday 5 December for the fourth National March for Life.
Forty-three years ago, Parliament passed a law that said not all unborn children have a right to life. Under that law more than half a million pre-born children were aborted.
In March, legislation was hastily passed, removing all restrictions before 20 weeks and introducing a very minimal test post 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The new law fails to recognize pregnancy involves two lives – that of the mother and her unborn child – and both lives matter.
Abortion not only takes the life of a human being, it wounds women physically, emotionally, and spiritually; and families are negatively affected.
New Zealanders love both women and their unborn children, and we want the law to reflect that love.
Many women choose abortion because they feel they have no other choice.
The pressures women face when experiencing an unexpected pregnancy will be highlighted by speakers at Parliament Grounds.
Some of the supports and options available for pregnant women facing difficulties, or for those who have experienced abortion, will be featured at Civic Square.
This gathering of families to celebrate life sends an important message to New Zealand about the value of life and the unborn child. It highlights the need for adequate supports to be in place for pregnant women so they know they are not alone.
The March will be a hope-filled, family-friendly, national March for Life. The event will conclude with speeches at Parliament Grounds.
The National March For Life is being supported by a number of family organisations including Focus on the Family, Voice for Life, Family First, Right to Life, Family Life International, Promise Keepers, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, Jesus for NZ, Hillary’s Law, Couples for Christ, Executive Presbytery of the Assemblies of God in New Zealand, NZ Christian Network and the John Paul II Centre for Life in Christchurch.