India’s pro-life movement gains momentum ahead of its second March for Life

Sebastian Aashish is a software engineer living in India. He is an ambitious young man, and not only in his career. A member of Youth United for Christ – which is part of the Youth Charismatic Renewal of India – he is working to build up India’s small but growing pro-life movement.

He runs an Instagram page called Pro_Life_India, and volunteers networking with different pro-life organizations to assist in crisis pregnancy situations across the huge country. “My goal is to unite the people of India to stand as one united voice to defend the rights of unborn children,” he told me. He is currently helping to plan India’s second-ever March for Life. He answered a few questions for LifeSiteNews.

What is the situation regarding abortion in India? 

India, as you know, is one of the largest democracies in the world. The population of India apart from being a matter of pride is also a reason for fear among policy makers. Driven by the global population explosion myth, India was one of the first countries to adopt stringent population control measures. As a consequence, abortion was legalised with the enactment of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act in 1971. One of the studies published by Guttmacher Institute stated that there were around 15.6 million abortions done in 2015 alone.

The Catholic population of country stands at a meagre 1.55 percent. Probably one of the reasons why the anti-abortion stand of the Church was not well-known.

What is the pro-life movement in India like? 

It was in 2021 on the occasion of the 50th year of the legalisation of abortion that some of the prominent pro-life organisations like YU4C Prolife, Human Life International, Goa, Eva Prolife movement of Kalyan Eparch, Jesus Youth Prolife, Diocesan Human Life Commission of Bombay Archdiocese came together and decided to make a pan-Indian coalition to raise their voices against the gruesome act of abortion, under the patronage of Oswald Cardinal Gracias.

Is there opposition to the pro-life movement in India?

Due to this proper lack of awareness, we have a huge opposition from the mainstream media because they are skewed only with one side of the opinion. The political parties in India don’t even consider abortion to be a mainstream issue in the country and the topic of abortion is considered as a sensitive one and no one gives any interest pertaining to this topic.


2 thoughts on “India’s pro-life movement gains momentum ahead of its second March for Life

  1. Navi says:

    “We lack awareness amongst the general public, honestly speaking. Per Pew research conducted in 2022, it was found that only 55 percent of the Indian population were against abortion and feel that it should be illegal in almost all cases.”

    ^ is this a misprint or something? 55% opposed to abortion is pretty good.

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