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Vienna, Austria – four.9.09
National controversy was prompted by the decision of the Mayor of Vienna to keep a occasion to celebrate 30 several years of Austrias initially abortion clinic. The Pro-Girl clinic, which will work below the suggestions of Marie Stopes Global (MSI), statements to have killed in excess of 300,000 toddlers in the course of this time.
Pro-lifers yesterday, organized a demonstration exterior the gorgeous and historic neo-gothic Rathaus (Metropolis Hall) exactly where the abortion event was scheduled to get put, musically underlined by a feminist jazz trio.
A non-governmental pro-daily life coalition, comprised of Human Existence Global, Tradition Relatives and Assets, Health professionals for Existence, the Austrian political occasion Die Christen and many others, were being present in sizable numbers.
More than a hundred youthful persons from the Youth for Existence travelled across Austria to sign up for the demonstration. The Centre for Bioethical Reform (Europe) primarily based in neighboring Slovakia also attended.
Prior to the event a Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Andreas Laun, auxiliary bishop of Salzburg. He stunned worshippers by revealing that the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, experienced prohibited him from attending the demonstration. Bishop Laun experienced been scheduled to talk at the demonstration and to lead prayers exterior the Metropolis Hall, but Laun discussed the Cardinal has phoned me and claimed that I am absolutely not permitted to attend the demonstration. Considering that he is the local archbishop, I have to obey in accordance to canon law. Cardinal Schönborn did not give any cause for his ban, nor did he ship anyone in Monsignor Launs put, a point which prompted considerably perplexity among the the demonstrators.
Bishop Laun and Cardinal Schönborn recently clashed in excess of however a different abortion clinic in Vienna when Laun declared a distinguished businessman who permitted the clinic to open up on his house to be excommunicated while Schönborn chose to protect him.
Participants from the Mass then processed singing two.5 kilometers from the church to sign up for the demonstrators presently at the Metropolis Hall. In overall about five hundred pro-lifers and 300 pro-abortion counter-demonstrators were being present divided by group control barriers and about a single hundred law enforcement officers.
The pro-daily life campaign used a series of big billboards exhibiting graphic illustrations or photos of aborted fetuses, juxtaposed with illustrations or photos of Mayor Michael Häupl, his town councilor for overall health, Sonja Wehsely, and the manageress of the abortion clinic, Elke Graf who organized the celebratory event. This was the initially time this kind of illustrations or photos were being proven in the streets of Austria, stunning even the hardened pro-abortion agitators.
Speeches, prayers and tunes created up the three hour demonstration. Many pro-lifers turned up in traditional Austrian outfits, like Dirndl, Loden jackets and Lederhosen, normal for alpine Austria. Candles were being placed by young children on the floor in the vicinity of the entrance to the Metropolis Hall in remembrance of the countless victims of abortion, as perfectly as the broken hearts of women of all ages struggling below Submit Abortion Syndrome (PAS). A small female took the podium to thank her mother for obtaining enable her be born.
The pro-abortion demonstrators were being infuriated and expended their time insulting, whistling, blaspheming and throwing drinking water-stuffed condoms and eggs at the pro-lifers and their billboards. These behaviour was counterproductive considering that the law enforcement pushed the pro-abortionists back absent from the Metropolis Hall.
Temper in the rat hole of the municipal workplaces cellar was muted, many politicians and other VIPs chose not to attend the event which experienced made so considerably controversy. Abortion clinic team, feminist activists and socialist politicians who did turn up, seemed aghast at the illustrations or photos of abortion which they were being pressured to confront.
Rumor has it that the mayor, who did not make an visual appeal, expended the evening operating up and down the Rathaus-corridors, peaking out the home windows at the massed demonstrators, and railing furiously at his team for not obtaining educated him about the big community concern his decision to keep the jubilee occasion experienced prompted.
Post time: 02-16-2016