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Eliza-Maria Cloțea, President Students for Life Association: „Life is winning today in 670 places in Romania and Moldova!”

Foto: Raluca Ene, Basilica

Dear pro-life supporters,

Congratulations! You are wonderful and you are here! Life is winning today in 670 places in Romania and Moldova! The feeling I have here in front of you is gratitude. I am looking at you with such a great joy!
Thanks to you, today we are hundreds of thousands of voices saying, “Yes, I am grateful for the gift of life!

Yes, we stand alongside the women in pregnancy crisis! “Thanks to you, today we are hundreds of thousands of hearts beating for the life of unborn children, for the life of the most innocent, most gentle little men on this earth.

Thanks to you, today we are hundreds of thousands of arms that will stretch out to help those in need of support, to protect them when the storm of worries and doubts come upon them. Besides the feeling of gratitude to God and to my parents for giving me life, I am glad to say YES to life as a student of Faculty of Medicine. Science is next to us at every step, every time we protect the unborn babies. Isn’t the beating of the heart the most soothing sound for us, doctors? This sound starts with the day 16 and is the one that brings the smile on the mother’s lips and tranquility inside her soul: “Yes, my baby is fine, he is in my womb and feels protected.” Isn’t this the greatest thing that anyone can do to protect the small and helpless one?

Do you know what other wonderful things the doctors know? They know that at 8 weeks all organs are formed, they are still very small – but who doesn’t like the little and delicate things? They know that at 12 weeks, the baby can move his hands and legs and can smile! It’s incredible, and more incredible is that we were so small too and someone has protected us!
Someone told our mother: Don’t worry, everything will be fine. I’m with you! What an extraordinary story! It is the story of each of us who enjoys life today and can offer life further. And these stories meet today here, coming from different roads, but all with the same desire: to support life. No matter how many things we seek on this earth, it is the truth and the love that will save us.

The truth is that an unborn child is a man and the love we show to the women in pregnancy, helps them to give birth. The truth is that along with the good that we do to them, we cure ourselves of loneliness, indifference and cynicism, because supporting and showing love means fulfilling your purpose of man.

Let’s be human, by supporting humans! There is a lot, a lot of need! I was always impressed upon women in pregnancy crisis I have talked with, by their great need to talk to someone, to open up to someone, to hang on one’s shoulder and to hear at least once: You are not alone, I am here of you and there is help. That’s why every year we appeal that society, that is us !, to create a variety of tools to support a woman in pregnancy, such as setting up support centers for pregnant women, creating the legal possibility that a pregnant woman who believes she can not raise her baby to take him for adoption immediately after birth, started during the pregnancy period that is used in the US, UK, Australia; giving value inside the society, to all those involved in adoption.


There is much to be done, every human being is unique and can have his own contribution to a culture of life, to a pro-life Romania!
Let’s dare!

Thank you.

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PRESS RELEASE. The Pro-Life Month and the March for Life 2019 – “Unique from the first Second”: Truth and Love will Save Us

Humans have gone to the Moon; they have mapped out the human DNA, and some of them have become saints – yet as a society, we have yet to learn how to take care of our unborn children.

Why is it that so many human beings, who are unique from the very first second, never get to see the light of day, rest upon a mother’s chest, or be held by fatherly arms right after they have come into this world?

According to an incomplete statistical report, between January and September, 2018, a number of 44 000 children were aborted in Romania, while in 2017, 12 025 children were aborted in the Republic of Moldova. And there are many more who are not even covered by statistics: children whose lives were cut short through drug-induced abortions, or in private clinics at home or abroad.

Throughout the world, 42 million children were aborted in 2018. Yet even these statistical data are incomplete, as there so many places remain in the West, East, North, and South, where unborn children do not matter – not even for as much as a statistical set of data.

According to another statistical report, over 1 billion people have been aborted since 1918. These data are incomplete, too, because all along these years, there have been plenty of places where unborn children have been completely ignored.

Yet it is not only them who lost something – their lives! – but also all the rest of us – the survivors, who have missed out on their presence next to us, their gifts, and what every one of them could have been.

We have pretended not knowing a simple fact: that they live and are unique from the very moment of their conception. And thus we have brushed aside the love that we should have naturally shown them and their mothers.

Let us re-learn how to love and protect these children and those who carry them in their wombs! The good of each and every one of us springs only from truth and love.

We are calling upon you, the clergy, and ask you to please teach us how to see the truth and fulfil our calling, which is to love our neighbour!

We are calling upon you, social workers and everyone else who can provide specialised help to women in a pregnancy crisis: save a child, save a mother!

We are calling upon you, politicians, who have the possibility – and the duty! – to support women in a pregnancy crisis. We are asking you not to ignore them by invoking legal abortion, as a law cannot cancel these women’s existence and does not stop you from helping them to get assistance. We have asked this in recent years; we ask this now: help future mothers, by granting them an indemnity payable on the fourth and eighth months of their pregnancies. It is a minimum sign of acknowledgement of the responsibility they take upon themselves, of the gift that they bring to life.

We are calling upon you, parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, workmates and friends: please support the unborn children! They are unique from the first second; they need your love and they will reward you for it with their unique gifts and unique love!

We are calling upon you, pregnant women facing the pressure of having an abortion: do not let fear overwhelm you! Love conquers fear – and your child’s love will give you strength. Every child is unique and has their own, unique road that God has intended for them to follow. Give your unborn child the chance to discover it!

The March for Life is non-political and non-confessional. We do not support any kind of violence against women and we do not ask for a ban on legal abortion. Local organisers are independent from one another.

Let us express our love for every one of the unborn children and celebrate their uniqueness by taking part in the March for Life “Unique from the First Second”, which will be held on March 23! Come join us!

Eliza-Maria CLOȚEA
President – “Studenți pentru viață” Association

March 1, 2019


We hereby repeat our last year’s call towards our society, to develop support tools for women in pregnancy crises, by:
setting up help centres where women in a pregnancy crisis can request free psychological counselling as well as assistance from social workers specialised in pregnancy crises;
creating a legal framework that allows pregnant women who believe that they are unable to raise a child to put their children up for adoption right after birth – based on the system of adoption during pregnancy, practiced in the U.S., the UK, and Australia;
enhancing the role of the members of society involved in adopting, in order to do away with derisive attitudes regarding the adopted children, adoptive parents, and particularly mothers or parents who put their children up for adoption when major difficulties make them unable to properly take care of them;
making it legally possible for miscarrying mothers to inter their children.


This March for Life is at its 9th national edition and it will take place in over 600 towns and cities in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

Abroad, the March for Life was held for the first time in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 1974. In Romania, it was first organized in Timișoara, in 2008. The evolution of the number of March for Life organizing cities in recent years:
2013 – 23 cities in Romania;
2014 – 40 cities in Romania;
2015 – 79 cities (77 in Romania and 2 in the Republic of Moldova);
2016 – 130 cities (110 in Romania and 20 in the Republic of Moldova); the “Month for Life” was also introduced that same year (from March 1 to 31);
2017 – 287 (138 in Romania and 149 cities and towns in the Republic of Moldova).
2019 – We estimate that the March for Life and its related activities will take place during the Month for Life in over 500 towns and villages in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

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Press release: Pro-life march 2018: “A Pro-life World” – Saturday, March 24 and Pro-life Month – March 1-31, 2018

 

Hundreds of cities in Romania and the Republic of Moldova will host the 2018 Pro-life Month – “A Pro-life World” event during March 1-31, 2018, which will culminate with the 2018 Pro-life March – “A Pro-life World” on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The measure of a society’s responsibility and growth is given by the extent to which the society protects the life of each and every one of its members.

Man’s right to life, freedom, and dignity does not start from, and is neither granted by, a specific financial, intellectual, health-related or age-related “baseline” – but springs from our mere humanity. And we are humans from the moment of our conception.

The Romania of today and tomorrow includes both its born and unborn children.

Every one of us, individually, and all of us, as a people desire freedom, dignity, and respect. Yet we cannot claim them if we do not acknowledge them first for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn children – or if we deny them for the women in pregnancy crisis.

It is only natural to wish that every child can be born and bring joy to those around them by their smile and the light in their eyes. And it is just as natural to support a woman who finds herself in a pregnancy crisis.

Actions that support life and its importance are a duty of honor for any society that wants to develop, further, and build upon what previous generations have passed down to it.

A pro-life world is a natural state of things.

This is why this year’s theme of the pro-life month, held between March 1 and 31, 2018, and the Pro-life March, which will take place on March 24, is “A Pro-life World”.

A Changing World

More and more people become pro-life. Embryological facts, common sense, the human person’s eternal value and dignity – which faith recognizes as being above anything else in this world – convince an increasing number of people.

The truths about the reality of human life inside the womb and the reality of pregnancy crises are gaining more and more visibility. A growing number of people – especially teenagers and young adults – come to know them and this changes their lives.

Every year, science provides new information about the wonder of life inside the womb. Until 2016, it was thought that the first heartbeats appear 21 days after conception. In 2016, Oxford University published a study which concluded that the heart becomes active 16 days after conception! (http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-10-11-first-our-three-billion-heartbeats-sooner-we-thought)

Even politicians who were formerly in favor of abortion on request are now pro-life. A few decades ago, the current President of the United States was an abortion supporter. However, after having encountered a first-hand pregnancy crisis case and seen the child who was born, he understood that the wonderful child could not have been born if their mother had not chosen life. He thus became pro-life as a result of experience, and not by embracing an ideology.

Moreover, in the U.S. – where people are free to carry out research and science has never been turned into ideology, as it did under communism –, there are over 2800 help centers for women in pregnancy crises, providing free services. There, one’s love for one’s neighbor has risen far above the country’s 600 otherwise market-oriented clinics which perform (always paid) abortions on request.

These are examples that pertain to a pro-life world – a world that nurtures support, dignity, respect, and love translated into action.

Being pro-life is being pro-science, pro-woman, pro-child, and pro-support.

Let us Open Up our Hearts to Women in Pregnancy Crisis

Most often, hidden behind an abortion on request is a tragedy unknown to everyone else around.

If we want Romanians and Romania to have a future, we need to support women in pregnancy crisis. That way, these women will choose what is best for their children.

To give life and to support the life of your neighbor were long-established values in the history of Romanians. Only the communist ideology valued and demanded the killing of one’s fellowman, whenever the latter was seen as an obstacle in the way of happiness. Communism made abortion legal, and then restricted abortion on request, ignoring both mother and child, in both cases, since its only priority was ideology – namely, the need of labor. Therefore, what we plead for is not a ban on abortion, but knowing the reality and opening up our hearts.

Let us not be indifferent. Let us not pretend we know nothing about the turmoil that precedes abortion.

Pregnancy crisis is an extremely painful place to be – and when surrounded by ignorance and indifference, it is even harder to bear. One wonders where the responsibility of the child’s father is. Where is friend support? Where is family love, when a woman sees that “No one supports me, no one is near me, and no one offers me any other option besides abortion”?

Let us open up our hearts to these tiny beating hearts – the hearts of children who need love and care and who, as grown-ups, will in turn care for the ones who made it possible for them to come into this life.

To hold a child who may have ended up in a biological waste bin, to enjoy their smile and babbling, and think about the good they might do to the humanity when they grow up – these are the things that make us feel confident that this is the way of the future.

Let us love the mother and the child!

Join the Pro-life March and bear witness to the value and majesty of life! Come show your respect and cherishing towards the women who fight to protect their children’s life – and support them!

 

Alexandra Nadane

President, Studenți pentru viață [Students for Life] Association

March 1, 2018

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We hereby repeat our last year’s call towards the society, to develop support tools for women in pregnancy crises, by:

  • providing indemnities to women after their 14th week of pregnancy, in order to help them cover the special needs coming up during pregnancy;
  • setting up help centers where women in pregnancy crisis can request free psychological counseling as well as help from social workers specialized in pregnancy crises;
  • creating a legal framework that allows pregnant women who consider themselves unable of child-rearing to put their children up for adoption right after birth – based on the system of adopting during pregnancy, practiced in the U.S., the UK, and Australia;
  • stepping up the value of the members of the society involved in adoptions, in order to do away with the mentalities that look down upon adopted children, adoptive parents, and in particular, upon mothers or parents who put their children up for adoption when they consider that they cannot take proper care of them;
  • making it legally possible for miscarrying mothers to inter their children, on request – as well as get a proper religious service during the interment, as it is done in the case of non-christened children who died shortly after being born.

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This Pro-life March is at its 8th national edition.

Abroad, the Pro-life March was held for the first time in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 1974.

In Romania, it was first organized in Timișoara, in 2008.

The evolution of the number of Pro-life March organizing cities in recent years:

2013 – 23 cities in Romania;

2014 – 40 cities in Romania;

2015 – 79 cities (77 in Romania and 2 in the Republic of Moldova);

2016 – 130 cities (110 in Romania and 20 in the Republic of Moldova);

2017 – 287 (138 in Romania and 149 cities and towns in the Republic of Moldova).

The Pro-life March is non-confessional and non-political.

Its local organizers are independent of one another.

In Bucharest, the 2018 “A Pro-life World” march is organized by the Studenți pentru viață Association and will take place on Saturday, March 24.

The participants will gather at Unirii Park, at 11:00 a.m. The march will start off at 12:00 noon, and will go from Unirii Park to Tineretului Park.

The march will be followed by a live concert, titled “Live for Life” (Tineretului Park, Șincai Entrance, 01:00 p.m.), given by Aurelian Temișan and Feedback Band, and presented by Ioana Picoș.

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Press Release: The March for Life 2017 – “Help the Mother and Child! They Depend on You”

Studenți pentru viață, February 10th, 2017– In many cities across Romania and the Republic of Moldova, March 2017 will be The Pro-Life Month 2017 Help the Mother and the Child! They Depend on You”. Its highlight will be The March for Life 2017Help the Mother and Child! They Depend on You”, organized on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.

The March for Life is at its 7-th national edition. This year’s theme, “Help the Mother and the Child! They Depend on You”, creates the opportunity to debate on the need, possibility and efficiency of supporting women in pregnancy crisis.

This series of thematic events has not a unique organizer, but in each town and city it has different independent local organizers from local pro-life organizations and institutions.

Download the integral English version of the press release, with statistics: The March for Life Romania 2017 Press Release

Download the Romanian version of the press release HERE

Comunicatul integral în limba română, cu statistici: Comunicat Marsul pentru Viata Romania

Here are a few aspects motivating the theme chosen for this year:

Romania is second in the world (after Russia) in terms of the total number of abortions ever made compared to its actual population: 22,832,650 legally made surgical abortions have been made – only in Romanian state hospitals –, between year 1958 and June 2016, compared to a population of 19,760,000 inhabitants as registered on January 1st, 2016.

Since traditional Romanian civilization and spirituality have never valued abortion, the huge number of abortions can be explained by lack of knowledge regarding the issue of pregnancy crisis and by a pro-abortion public mindset – both originating in the communist regime and ideology.

 

The pregnancy crisis

The pregnancy crisis appears when a woman considers interrupting the natural course of her pregnancy, which would normally lead to giving birth to her baby, and thinks of abortion instead. Pregnancy crisis is triggered by outside issues she cannot cope with.

The most frequent causes of the pregnancy crisis are:

  • the father does not want the child;
  • the father leaves the future mother;
  • the woman is financially dependent on the child’s father, who asks her to have an abortion;
  • the woman lives in a violent relationship which she cannot break;
  • the woman is unmarried and fears she could be marginalized if she gave birth to the child.

Pregnancy crisis is deepened by third-party pressure on the woman to have an abortion: 64% of the women who had an abortion felt pressured to do so, according to a study published in a prestigious medical journal[1].

Most of the times, women in pregnancy crisis want to have other options beside abortion. But these options become available only if somebody else offers support. Lack of support leads to lack of options. Thus, the option of abortion becomes not a real option, but the only way out of the pregnancy crisis. The decision to have an abortion in pregnancy crisis is best illustrated by the American writer Frederica Mathewes-Green: “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg”.

Testimonies from women who have had an abortion (www.avorturiregretate.ro) and from women who have chosen to give birth to their child despite having also considered abortion (www.femeifericite.com) show how traumatizing pregnancy crisis is. In case of abortion, the crisis is usually followed by post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), which could even lead to suicide. Studies show that women who have had abortions are 6 times more prone to suicide[2].

 

The pro-abortion mindset

Liberalization of abortion on demand by the communist regime through the Decree 463 of 1957 has not only impacted those who wanted to have an abortion. It has thoroughly transformed public mentality and society. This explains the peak in abortion numbers in the years following liberalization of abortion on demand in Romania:

  • 1958: 112,100
  • 1959: 578,000
  • 1960: 769,776
  • 1961: 859,533
  • 1962: 961,679
  • 1963: 1,034,987
  • 1964: 1,097,932

By associating “it’s legal, therefore correct” and by presenting abortion as an empowerment offered to women by communism (unlike the previous political regime), abortion has been positively valued. This has enabled a public mindset in favor of abortion. According to it, abortion would be the only safe and efficient option in pregnancy crisis.

The last decades of communism saw restrictions to abortion, enforced in 1967 on reasons of population decline. That is why, when it was completely liberalized after the fall of communism, abortion could again be presented as women empowerment, facilitated by the new post-communist regime.

The establishment of the pro-abortion mindset in society has almost entirely eliminated the possibility to correctly understand pregnancy crisis, the alternatives to abortion and the fact that supporting a woman in pregnancy crisis is the natural thing to do. People have practically developed indifference to women in pregnancy crisis and no legal steps have been taken to stimulate alternatives to abortion.

The pro-abortion public mindset has had the following consequences in society:

  • lack of information about the full humanity of the preborn child in every stage of its life in the womb;
  • lack of information about the painful and complex reality of pregnancy crisis;
  • lack of sufficient support for the woman in pregnancy crisis;
  • invariably silencing public pro-life messages and blaming pro-life voices for allegedly being anti‑woman.

Under these circumstances, for lack of information and support, women are practically pushed to abort their babies, while protecting the unborn is regarded as uncivil attitude.

In fact, abortion itself is uncivil attitude, lack of compassion, lack of respect, and lack of love for the woman and the child!

 

Abortion has harmed Romania more than any war

In year 2018, Romania will celebrate 100 years from its 1918 Unification. Romania’s involvement in the First World War, which ensured its Unification, meant losing 1,125,000 Romanian lives, sacrificed to make possible the Proclamation of December 1st, 1918.

But it is not into this war[3] that most Romanians have lost their lives. In fact, the most Romanians ever to have lost their lives to an unnatural cause are those who have lost their lives to abortion: in total, Romania has already seen 22,832,650 surgical abortions only in its state hospitals:

  • 7,500,158 abortions during the liberalization period 1958–1966 (9 years);
  • 7,409,042 abortions during the restriction period 1967–1989 (23 years);
  • 7,889,700 abortions during the present liberalization period 1990–June 2016 (26 years and a half).

The average abortion number for the first 6 months of year 2016 was 185.4 surgical abortions daily only in Romanian state hospitals.

To these data one must add the following categories of abortions unaccounted for in Romanian statistics:

  • surgical abortions made in private clinics;
  • chemical abortions prescribed in state hospitals and private clinics;
  • abortions made abroad by Romanian women of reproductive age who work outside the country and who represent an important part of Romania’s fertile population.

Also, the number of illegal abortions remains unknown – both during the communist regime and after 1990.

Should the above-mentioned unregistered abortion categories be taken into account, the total number of abortions would probably be double the actual statistics.

In the Republic of Moldova, whose population on January 1st, 2016 was of 3,553,056 inhabitants, statistics show 2,112,158 surgical abortions in state hospitals between year 1960 and January 1st, 2016. These numbers place the Republic of Moldova on the 10th place in the world in terms of total number of abortions compared to its actual population. Real statistics in this country should also include chemical abortions and abortions made by women of reproductive age working abroad.

 

A country project: valuing the gift of life and supporting women in pregnancy crisis

Given these facts, we consider that a vital country project for Romanians on both banks of the Prut River is raising awareness and accountability regarding the gift of life, towards those who can be their future. And awareness and accountability can only be shown by supporting women in pregnancy crisis and their unborn babies.

Firstly, everybody can help a woman in pregnancy crisis! The experience of those involved has shown that support from the unborn child’s father, from a friend, from a psychologist or a member of the clergy can make the difference between abortion and giving birth to the baby.

Secondly, society can create instruments to support women in pregnancy crisis, such as:

  • legislating an allowance for the pregnant woman, to be granted starting from the 14th week of pregnancy; this will help her cover the special needs she has in this period;
  • establishing help centers for pregnant women, where women in pregnancy crisis can benefit on request from free psychological counseling and the support of a social worker specialized in pregnancy crisis;
  • legislating placement of special installations of the “baby box” type on the outside walls of hospitals, where mothers who consider that they cannot take care of their children can safely place their newborn babies; as the last solution to a crisis situation, these installations can prevent infanticide and abandonment of the newborn; one can find such devices all over the world.
  • legislating the possibility for the mother who has been through a miscarriage to have, on her request, a burial of the miscarried baby; allowing, on the mother’s request, for a proper religious burial ceremony as the one allowed for babies who die shortly after birth without having been baptized;
  • creating the legal options for the pregnant woman who considers that she cannot raise her child to give her baby for adoption immediately after birth: starting legal proceedings for the adoption process during pregnancy, on the model offered by US, British and Australian legislation;
  • legislating open adoption, which could facilitate consent for adoption from the mother, the parents or relatives who cannot care for the child anymore;
  • sending messages in society that all those involved in adoption are valuable, with the purpose of fighting the prevailing contempt for adopted children, for adoptive parents and especially for biological mothers and parents who entrust their children to adoptive parents when they consider that they cannot properly care for them.

Without adequate information and without a national network of help centers for women in pregnancy crisis, the abortion trauma will continue to harm children, mothers, families and the whole society.

 

The Pro-Life Month and the March for Life are apolitical and non-confessional events, but they welcome the participation of all religious confessions and political parties.

The March for Life does not promote legislation to forbid abortion and condemns all forms of violence against women, wishing to promote social awareness and support for the woman to give birth to the life she is carrying.

The above-mentioned possibilities are not necessarily meant to involve only state institutions, but mainly society as a whole, in its diverse forms of civil actions, such as non-governmental organizations. We cannot expect the state to do what we do not do individually and through the associative possibilities existing today! This means real solidarity, love and civilization.

 

The dynamics of the March for Life in the last three years has been as following:

  • 2014: 40 cities and towns from Romania;
  • 2015: 77 cities and towns (75 from Romania, 2 from the Republic of Moldova);
  • 2016: 130 cities and towns (110 from Romania, 20 from the Republic of Moldova).

Starting from March 1st, 2017, the www.marsulpentruviata.ro website will publish details from local organizers.

 

Alexandra Nadane, President
Studenți pentru viață (“Students for Life”)
Romania

 

NOTES

[1] VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).

[2] M Gissler et. al., “Pregnancy Associated Deaths in Finland 1987-1994 — definition problems and benefits of record linkage,” Acta Obsetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 76:651-657 (1997); and M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63 (2005).

[3] Nor in the other armed conflicts during modern Romanian history: the Romanian Independence War killed around 4,300 Romanians, and around 833,000 Romanians have lost their lives to the Second World War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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