“This is not simply a matter for those among us who are Christians,” the Bavarian bishop said on Sept. 17. He described the right to life as a constitutional right and a good that is worth defending by everyone, not only Catholics.
An ecumenical celebration followed the march through central Berlin. The service was led by the vicar bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany, Emmanuel Sfiatkos, and Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Maria Renz from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
Musical performances at the Brandenburg Gate and numerous speeches were part of the program. Parliamentarian Hubert Hüppe of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) referred to many different threats to people before and after birth, including selective forms of prenatal diagnostics and the legalization of assisted suicide.
“The right to life is the most important fundamental right,” the politician said. “If you don’t have that, you are left with nothing.”
Midwife Sarah Göbel stressed that most women under pressure and considering an abortion would like to have their child in a self-determined way but are put under massive strain. Women need sensitive accompaniment “so that they can develop their great potential,” Göbel said.
The next March for Life in Berlin will take place on Sept. 23, 2023.