Friday, March 25, 2011

International Day of the Unborn Child

The following is a news release from MCCL Global Outreach (GO).

Citizens around the globe will celebrate the International Day of the Unborn Child on Friday, March 25, 2011. It is a day to recall the remarkable journey of life each member of the human family has taken, or been prevented from taking by the act of abortion.

Initiated by Pope John Paul II to coincide with and to honor the Feast of the Annunciation, the March 25 event has grown into a day of celebration and remembrance for all unborn human beings. It is a time to celebrate human dignity and the amazing world of the developing child yet to be born.

Countries all around the world will hold special observances, rallies, marches and events on the International Day of the Unborn Child to again call for legal protection of the most fundamental human right of all — life!

In 1993, El Salvador became the first country to officially celebrate a "Day of the Right to Be Born." Subsequently other countries have begun official celebrations for the unborn, including Argentina with "Day of the Unborn" in 1998, Chile with "Day of the Conceived and Unborn" in 1999, and also in 1999, Guatemala's "National Day of the Unborn." Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay are all nations that now celebrate a day for the unborn child.

"It is important in 2011 to recall how much we have learned about the intricate world of the unborn child," said MCCL GO Executive Director Scott Fischbach.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s when many countries were legalizing the killing of unborn babies, medical science concerning the unborn child was archaic. Current developments include intrauterine surgery, ultrasound, neo-natal intensive care, fetal heart monitoring and much more. We also know now that the unborn child has sleep and wake cycles, feels emotions, can cry in the womb and also has the ability to feel pain.

MCCL GO is a pro-life global outreach program of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Education Fund with one goal: to save as many innocent lives as possible from the destruction of abortion. Learn more at