Pinoys join anti-abortion rally in Belgium

By Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Apr 13 2010 11:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2010 06:33 PM

BRUSSELS, Belgium - What was supposed to be an ordinary rally turned out to be one of the biggest gatherings in Belgium.

Different religious organizations and civil groups set aside their differences and joined forces in condemning abortion, which was legalized in Belgium exactly 2 decades ago.

The first ever “Brussels March for Life” urged authorities to abolish abortion in the country as a sign of respect for women who play vital roles in the society.

They insist that killing an innocent life is a tragedy not only for unborn babies but for families and society as well.

Based on the Historical Abortion Statistics, there are more than 52,000 cases of abortions in Belgium from 2005-2007. Experts assume that there could be 20% incremental case in 2008-2009.

Pro-life group sbelieve that while youth are already oriented on the threat of abortion, many still resort to it since it is legal.

Pinoys who joined the rally said they would support any move to abolish abortion.

“We’re definitely supporting this rally. March for life is March kontra abortion,” Couples for Christ member Jeanny Dimailig said.

Their local leader, Cesar Ambrosio, also insisted that life itself is a gift from God. “I believe we should not be in favor of abortion. God gave us life. Therefore, we should nourish it,” he said.

Members of the church who participated in the rally made it clear that abortion is not an option to unwanted pregnancy.

“I think there’s a common misunderstanding that abortion is healthcare, it’s not. It doesn’t help anyone. There are many other ways to help mothers. We don’t need to kill their children. The children are not our problem. The society has a more systematic problem that we need to address,” said seminarian Marc Jones.

Pro-life groups alleged that the Belgian government should take a closer look at launching and implementing the use of natural family planning, which many consider as safer, economical and humanitarian way of addressing the growing population.