RORATE CÆLI: The History of the Origins of the Pro-Life Movement around the World — by Roberto de Mattei

​In the battle for the defense of life, the family, and traditional values, we are only fragile instruments in the hands of Divine Providence and we have the moral duty to be grateful to those who went before us and opened the way. This is why we cannot forget the first international conference for life, which took place in Rome from April 25-27 1980, on the initiative of the association Alleanza per la Vita, set up by Agostino Sanfratello, co-founder along with Giovanni Cantoni of Alleanza Cattolica in Italy. ​On May 22 1978 Law 194 was passed, which legalized abortion in Italy. On October 16 of the same year, after the death of Paul VI and the brief pontificate of John Paul I, the pick for the papal throne was John Paul II, who would go on to make the fight against abortion one of the linchpins of his pontificate. It was within this historical horizon that on Friday April 25 an event opened in the main hall of the Augustinianum institute, a little way off from the Vatican, that was extraordinary for the quality and number of participants, convened in Rome at their own expense from all over the world. ​For three days they tackled all sorts of topics in order to demand laws in keeping with the natural rights of man and the family and to adopt a shared stance on fighting for the abolition of pro-abortion laws. They examined the all-encompassing character of the process of intellectual and moral degradation of our time, denounced the connections between the spread of drugs, abortion, euthanasia, and terrorism. They reaffirmed the scientific facts that define the right to life from the moment of conception, asserted the philosophical, ethical, and juridical principles that safeguard the human person, agreed on a common approach for the repeal of the pro-abortion laws and the adoption of positive laws in defense of the family, the mother, the child.

RORATE CÆLI: The History of the Origins of the Pro-Life Movement around the World — by Roberto de Mattei

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