With the theme, “Poland appeals to the consciences of her inhabitants,” thousands of Poles took to the streets of Warsaw on May 29 for the Sixth March in Defense of Life and Family. The march was an initiative of the TFP-inspired Fr. Piotr Skarga Association for Christian Culture and the National Life Day Foundation.
A large crowd of nearly 20,000 shouted slogans in defense of the family and carried banners reading “stop abortion” and “grant every child a right to life.” Whole families, including grandparents, joined the march with great enthusiasm.
Delegations from several TFPs and sister associations came from the United States, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania and Estonia.
Dozens of priests and nuns stood out among the multitude. Several congressmen and leading personalities in Polish politics also attended.
This year’s march followed the success of a flash petition which gathered more than 500,000 signatures in only two weeks asking for a complete ban on abortion in Poland. It was delivered to the Legislative Assembly in April. “Today our nation is facing many difficult, social, economic and political problems,” the appeal reads. “However, the basic problem lies in the moral order.” reads the appeal to the congressmen.