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March for Life and Family – what else?

On Saturday, the National March for Life and Family took place in Prague. Its main theme was the third child and, in general, support for multi-child families.

There is a well-known stereotype that young, unmarried girls are most likely to undergo an abortion because pregnancy could "ruin" their lives. However, in the Czech Republic, married women who already have one or two children are on top of the abortion statistics. Czech society is accustomed to a two-children model. Families think that having another child is a threat to their social and economic status.

As a result, 86 percent of women felt pressured when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. They face this pressure from their family, friends, and often doctors (in the case of suspicion of a health defect). The topic was also picked up by feminists, who no longer consider abortion to be a sad event, quite the opposite. For them, it is a celebration of the empowerment of women´s rights. And so the title of Woman of the Year will most likely rather go to a singer, who got rid of her third child than to a hardworking mother of many children.

So it is very pleasing to see that this year's March for Life in Prague was quite successful. The organizers managed to capture what the abortion debate is about. They did not focus primarily on changing laws, as they cannot change legislation without a social consensus. The parade was therefore much more mainstream, whether in terms of the structure of the participants or the support of politicians across the political spectrum. Furthermore, over 10,000 people supported the event and marched in the procession.

Surprisingly, it turned out that the March for Life had the support of many public figures. There were no significant hostile attitudes, not even from representatives of cities, municipalities or doctors. In the Czech Republic, the belief that abortion is not a good solution to an unplanned pregnancy persists.

However, one group of resistance has appeared, after all. The radical left-wing Kolektiv 115 organized a counter-demonstration involving about 40 individuals, including some from Germany. Their banners were in English, as were their strongly accented exclamations. However, the police managed to pacify this group.

On social media, there were also photos of a few young children snacking on the Winged Lion Memorial, which is dedicated to war heroes. Some people commented on the pictures with sarcastic words like "yokels" or "typical Czech traditional family". But why is it that nobody cares, for example, about drunk tourists who climb the memorial regularly? It is indisputable that those children snacking on the memorial would not offend the war heroes. After all, they died so that we could live.

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