Pro-life supporters take a stand in Barcelona

.- Hundreds of pro-life supporters gathered in Barcelona, Spain on Jan. 25 to protest the abortion services offered at hospitals linked to the Catholic Church in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

According to Tania Fernandez of the Right to Life in Barcelona, the march took place amid “the shouts of 100 radical and furious supporters of abortion, who were continuously hurling shouts and insults.”

“Sensing their powerlessness in the face of our peace, joy and calm despite their shouts, blasphemies, idiocy, spitting and more, the abortion supporters began throwing ‘rocks’ and trash at us.  This was all caught on video and the police have been informed,” Fernandez said.

She thanked those “defenders” of life who participated in the march, including “mothers, fathers, children, aunts and uncles, grandparents, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, friends, etc., who once again were there to bear witness to life.”

Fernandez also thanked police for helping to protect the crowd from the attack. She noted the testimony of Father Custodio Ballester, who attended the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 23.

Fr. Ballester has frequently protested the abortions performed at several hospitals in Catalonia that have ties to the Catholic Church. 

“Seeing the massive pro-life crowd in Washington, I thought: Barcelona is not alone! We are not alone! We have a vast world at our side,” the priest said.

“This war against death is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our city and our country.  This war was not ended on the day the abortion laws were passed,” he added.

“This war was not ended on the day abortions began to be performed at San Pablo Hospital, at San Juan de Dios Hospital, at Granollers or Sant Celoni,” Fr. Ballester said. “This war was not ended on the day church leaders decided to remain silent … This war is worldwide.”

Pro-life forces “can triumph in the future with the superior strength that the Lord of hosts will give us.  The destiny of the world is at stake.  No matter what happens, the flame of resistance will not and must not be extinguished,” he said.

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