The following is by Michelle Kaufman the Director of Family Life International NZ
Saturday’s March for Life in Wellington (December 9 2017) was absolutely awesome! Thank you to every person who attended and who supported the March by spreading the word and keeping the event in your prayers. Thanks too must go to Almighty God, whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides.
Six hundred people traveled from all over the country to be a voice for the voiceless, remembering the more than half a million New Zealand babies whose lives have been ended by abortion and the 40th anniversary of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act. It was an incredible sight to see.
Led by six teenage girls and accompanied by joyful singing from our friends from the Mother of the Divine Mercy Refuge, the crowd walked from Civic Centre, near the Wellington waterfront, up Lambton Quay into Parliament grounds.
The proceedings at Parliament begun with singing followed by dynamic and heart-felt speeches by myself,
David Light, Commonwealth Games boxing silver medalist;
Kate Cormack, Vice President of Voice for Life;
Gordon Copeland, former MP and pro-life advocate; and
Hillary Kieft, advocate for life and parental notification.
The March was an historic moment in history. It was the first time such a March had occurred in Wellington since 1974.
It was such a joyous occasion, filled with hope for the future, that together, we can change the culture, serving life in the ways each of us are called, ultimately bringing about an end to abortion in our land.
FLI’s newly launched Gianna’s Choice Mobile Life Centre participated in the March. The Centre was able to park in Civic Square as people gathered and many took the opportunity to talk to Karen Geaney, our co-ordinator and learn more about the service. As the March processed through the streets, the van followed with its large advertisement informing abortion vulnerable women that they are not alone and offering support.
In addition hundreds of pamphlets showing fetal development, exposing the harm abortion does to women and facts about the abortion law were handed out to the public.
The feedback has been incredibly positive with many people sharing the hope that this will become an annual event.
While the March hasn’t featured in secular media, CathNews and LifeSiteNews carried stories today. Other Catholic media, including NZ Catholic and Welcom have also expressed interest, although it was an event which attracted people from a variety of faith backgrounds.