Romania: "March for Life" - for the first time in 3 cities, at the same time
The Provita movement in Romania has organised three separate marches this year for Saturday, 26th of March.
They hope to turn the 2011 "March for Life" into a large scale event by holding the marches simultaneously in the capital city Bucharest and two other big Romanian cities, Timisoara and Satu Mare.
The slogan of this year's "March for life" is "Say YES to life!". The main message will be focused on making people aware of the need to protect the unborn life, in a country with a sad history on the matter. Romania has the highest abortion rate in the EU and the second highes in Europe.
Over 20 pro-vita and pro-family NGOs have joined their forces in organizing the march. The main organizers are: "Gift of Life" Association (RC Church - a Human Life International branch) and "Pro-vita Federation" (Christian-Orthodox Church).
For the first time, the march will be an interfaith one.
The organisers say that following several isolated events organized in the past years, mostly on the 1st of June, they decided to move the date of the march closer to the holy day of Annunciation hoping that this would prove beneficial, not only for joining the countries with a rich tradition in pro-life activity, but also for eliminating the confusion regarding the date of June, 1st, used as a means of propaganda and thus deprived of its original meaning, during communist governance.
the organisers also say that on this occasion they will publish a manifesto addressed to the Romanian society, political parties, and to members of parliament .