More than 7,500 people took part in the annual March for Life in Berlin on Saturday, under the motto: “No Child is Unsuitable.”
The peaceful gathering was organized by the Federal Association for
the Right to Life.
Participants brandished placards supporting the right
to life from conception to natural death.
Five bishops took part in the event: Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of
Regensburg, who also celebrated the closing ecumenical Church service,
Berlin's Archbishop Heiner Koch, and Auxiliary Bishops Matthias Heinrich
of Berlin, Dominikus Schwaderlapp of Cologne, and Florian Wörner of
Archbishop Koch called on the demonstrators to strive to ensure “that
every human being can develop well, from their first moment in the womb
to their final breath.”
Right to Life-Association president Martin Lohmann, reflecting on the
slight increase in participants and stronger presence of bishops from
last year to this year, told media representatives: “Our movement for
life is growing – and that is a good thing!”
Several Protestant groups participated in or supported the event.
However, the official Lutheran association of
Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia did not participate in the
march, instead issuing a statement distancing itself from the event, and
essentially declaring that it supported the “right of women to choose” –
and while “recognizing the importance of advocating unborn life,” its
positions were “not commensurate” with those of the March for Life.
Counter-demonstration draws fewer participants
According to Berlin police, about 1,500 people came to a
counter-demonstration organized by the Alliance for Sexual
Police had to stop counter-demonstrators from
blocking the peaceful pro-life marchers.
The pro-abortion alliance is supported by several German politicians
and parties, including the Greens, the Left Party and several
politicians of the SPD, among them Berlin's Governing Mayor, Michael
On its website, pro-abortion and gender-ideological demands are found
alongside accusations that participants of the March for Life are
“Christian fundamentalists” with “a reactionary worldview,” amongst