March for Life Press Release 2023/ “For Life” Magazine no. 12, Spring 2023

The Month for Life 2023 runs from March 1 to March 31, culminating on Saturday, March 25, with the “The Future is Pro-Life” March for Life in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. This year marks the event’s thirteenth iteration in Romania.

The March is dedicated to preserving and safeguarding the lives of children from the time of conception. It strives to enhance society’s understanding of the full humanity of unborn children and the need to help women experiencing problems during pregnancy so they may give birth safely and confidently.

The inaugural March for Life was held in the United States fifty years ago. Then, throughout the years, Marches for Life have been conducted in most European and North American nations.

Hope and determination in the present are two pillars of a future that celebrates life, so “The future is pro-life” will be the subject of the March for Life in Romania and the Republic of Moldova in 2023.

This theme aims to raise awareness and engage participants and society in building a pro-life future – a future in which every pregnant woman in need will be supported to give birth to her children and in which the life of every born and unborn child will be valued fully, regardless of age or health status, whether boy or girl.

A society that does not protect its children and care for their potential offspring will have no future.
We address all individuals, which is why our approach is apolitical, and nondenominational it does not advocate the prohibition of abortion and opposes any women’s exclusion.

Organizatorii locali sunt independenți unii de alții. Fiecare organizator își asumă responsabilitatea atât pentru activitățile organizate, cât și pentru mesajul transmis în cadrul acestora.

A genuine pro-life future, present in the heart of every person

We can only do good for someone if they accept our good intentions and collaborate with us. Since only then will society change for the better, we want to bring about a shift in the hearts of individuals. We and everyone who joins us shoulder-to-shoulder in the March for Life are aware and conscious that we are part of a transformation, yet, this transformation is the product of a worthwhile, sustained effort. With this endeavour, progress is being made in the correct direction.
March for Life supporters are so committed to the cause that they believe they may not see results in their lifetime. But, this is reasonable since whatever we do today will have consequences for future generations, including our children and their families.

A few years ago, Lila Rose, the president of one of the world’s major pro-life organisations, Live Action, stated that political reform is fleeting unless substantial cultural and mental shifts accompany it:

“Changing mindsets is possible if we do the daily work of life support, education and prayer… If we continue to do this work together, we can change the mindsets of others.”

We cannot have as our objective a law that forbids an evil that people tolerate; our ideal is to develop a society that protects the weak out of love and responsibility.

“We will continue to march until abortion becomes undeniable,” Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life, said at this year’s event in January.

As every year, we offer various concrete measures to support pregnant women and their children:

– Establishing support centres for pregnant women, where women can receive free psychological counselling, coaching, social assistance, or whatever support they need to overcome difficulties arising during pregnancy;- Training medical staff and providing complementary non-medical support that addresses the needs and well-being of women during birth.
– Granting an allowance to a pregnant woman after the 14th week of pregnancy to cover special needs – this can be done by extending the child-raising allowance during the last months of pregnancy;
– Granting a child-raising allowance at the level of the minimum wage to women who have not worked in the last 12 months before giving birth;
– Creating the legal possibility for a pregnant woman who considers that she cannot raise the child to start the adoption procedure from the time of pregnancy, with a time limit after birth in which she can change her mind, following the model of adoption from birth used in the USA, UK, and Australia;
– Legislating open adoption, which could make it easier to place for adoption or accept for adoption children who cannot be cared for by their parents or biological relatives;
– Supporting pregnant teenagers to complete their pregnancy and encouraging the mentality that such a pregnancy can be a chance for a foster family to provide a child with a beautiful life;
– Enhancing the value in society of all those involved in adoption to eliminate the contemptuous mentality towards adopted children, adoptive parents, and, above all, towards mothers or parents who place their children for adoption when significant difficulties affect their ability to take care of their upbringing properly;
– Because sexual abuse and sexual offences are traumatic events that are extremely difficult to overcome and lead to a spiral that often ends in a crisis pregnancy it is necessary to develop programmes for the prevention of violence, abuse, and sexual offences that respect the developmental stages of children and parental rights when addressing minors, and support and protection programmes for victims;
– Legislating the placement of special ‘baby box’ facilities in the outside walls of hospitals, where mothers who feel they cannot care for their babies can safely place them – as a last resort in a crisis, they can prevent the pre-killing and abandonment of newborn babies; these devices are legal in many countries around the world.

Many people can help, and their help can transform the road from death to life. Anyone can help. They just have to do it:

– Men can support vulnerable pregnant women, even if they are not the fathers of the children.
– Women who have overcome a pregnancy crisis can even anonymously confess what this really means.
– Women who have had a similar experience understand that other women need support.
– Public figures can shape public attitudes and help implement social protection measures.
– Ordinary people who know women in a crisis pregnancy can help them in various ways.
– You who pray for those who risk losing their lives and for those on whom their lives depend, you also help unborn