.- The Committee on the Family of the Bishops Conference of Peru has published a message commemorating the Day of the Unborn Child, exhorting Catholics to leave behind indifference and to assume a greater commitment to the defence of the unborn. In Peru the Day of the Unborn Child is celebrated on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The message underscores that this year the solemnity falls on Good Friday, the day on which âthe Lord, defenceless, is humiliated and mistreated in his human dignity,â and that just like the young victims of abortion, âhe is silentâ as he has taken to his death.
The message recalls that on that day, the people âclosed their eyes to the truth,â and today many people as well refuse to see âthe truth about the unborn,â denying them the status of human being by calling them âa mass of tissue,â and mistreating them through âlaboratory manipulation,â whether for experimentation or for reproductive purposes.
The child, âwho did not ask to be conceived,â the message continues, is in some cases âthe victim of an unjust judgmentâ and is put to death with an increasingly sophisticated arsenal, as if he were responsible for âthe faults of others.â
Therefore the Bishopsâ Committee on the Family is calling on Catholics to step up their efforts to defend the right to life of the unborn, which should be inviolate regardless of the circumstances of conception.
The Christian is called to be a promoter of life, the committee writes, to show solidarity towards âthose pregnant women who for different reasons are experiencing difficulties in their maternity.â
Lastly, the bishops thank âGod for the gift of life, which tenderly shines in the unborn child,â and pray for the intercession of Mary for women who carry life within them.
The Bishopsâ Committee on the Family has also produced pamphlets that will be distributed across the country and that underscore that âthanks to science, we know that life begins at conception,â when sperm and egg unite and give âlife to a new human being that is unique and unrepeatable.â
The pamphlets also point out that the right to life âis the most basic of all human rights,â and that to violate it âconstitutes a crime against God and humanity.â