March for Life and Family

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March for Life and Family in 2007

March for Life and Family (Pol. Marsz dla Życia i Rodziny ) is an annual march for a marriage, meaning as a partnership between a man and a woman, and for dignity of a human life from a fertilization to a natural death. The first march was in Warsaw, now the march is organizing in many towns in Poland, but not in the same date[1].

The Centre of Life and Family Foundation (Pol. Fundacja Centrum Życia i Rodziny) is organizing the march in Warsaw and coordinating all the marches named March for Life and Family in Poland. Other marches are arranged by many pro-life organizations and Catholic institutions (e.g. Fundacja Pro – a Polish pro-life organisation, Piotr Skarga Society of Christian Culture /Pol. Stowarzyszenie Kultury Chrześcijańskiej im. Ks. Piotra Skargi/, Neocatechumenal Way, Light-Life Movement, Catholic Action and other).

June 4, 2006[edit]

The first march took place in 2006 in Warsaw. According to the Catholic Information Agency[2] it attracted over 2000 people, mainly young with their families, representants of conservative non-governmental organisations and right-wing politicians[3]. Demonstrators held banners with slogans: "Love is hetero", "Right to birth for everyone", "Man and woman the true family", "Stop abortion", "Stop perversion" (with a picture of two men holding their hands), "I choose life". A pop concert, funded by the government, closed the march.

May 20, 2007[edit]

According to police statistics the second march in 2007 attracted about 600 people. However, organisors claimed that the number of people reached 4000[citation needed]. The march was attended by right-wing politicians such as Roman Giertych, Wojciech Wierzejski, Marian Piłka and Artur Zawisza, as well as various institutions, e.g. Fundacja Pełna Chata (Full Cottage Foundation), Grupa "Człowiek tak – homoseksualizm nie" ("Human yes – homosexuality no" Group), Bielańskie Stowarzyszenie Rodzin Wielodzietnych (Bielany Association of Families with a lot of Children).[4] The march was also attended by pro-life activists from Germany, Italy, France, Chile, Peru and United States.[5]

Demonstrators held banners with slogans "Marriage only between man and woman", "Perversion stop" as well as Polish national flags and crosses.

May 25, 2008[edit]

The third march took place in May 2008. Prior to the march there were several films presented on abortion, miraculous revelation of Madonna and culture of death regarding current situation in Sweden, where same-sex marriage is to be recognised. There was also a lecture at the Catholic Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw on abortion and methods of contraception approved by the Vatican. According to the police statistics there were less than 1000 demonstrators, but organisators claim that there were about 4000.[6][7]

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