South African Christian pro-life activists urge churches and Christians in SA to mark the approaching 17th anniversary of abortion-on-demand in the country by praying and participating in pickets in various parts of the country.
Since the Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed on February 1, 1997 against the will of most South Africans, more than 1,1 million babies have been legally killed in the womb in SA, says Africa Christian Action (ACA).
On January 26 (Sanctity Life Sunday) churches are encouraged to observe a solemn and serious time of repentance and prayer for the “national sin of abortion”, says ACA. Meanwhile the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office says it will host Holy Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Cape Town, on Monday, February 3, to pray for a change of heart on the part of all who disregard the rights of unborn children. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, and is open to all to attend.
Picket actions will be held in various centres to mark the abortion anniversary. Confirmed events are:
Cape Town — Friday, January 31: ACA will hold a prayer vigil outside the gates of Parliament (at the corner of Roeland and Plein Streets, Cape Town) from 1pm to 1.30pm. A short memorial service and wreath laying ceremony will be held in memory of the babies legally killed by abortion since 1997. The ceremony will be preceeded by a solemn funeral procession to Parliament. (The procession will gather at the Kaizersgracht parking lot below the Cape Technikon and march down Darling street into Adderly street. Meet at the Kaizersgracht Street by 12:30pm.) More information is available from 021-689 4481, email@example.com or http://www.christianaction.org.za/ or on Facebook
— Monday, February 3 — Holy Mass (see details above).
Bloemfontein — Saturday, February 1: Life Chain and outreach: from 10am to 12pm, outside Marie Stopes clinic, Huguenote Street, Wilgehof. More information is available from Faan Oosthuizen at 083 265 9395.
East London — Saturday, February 1: A peaceful, pro-life picket will be held from 11am to 12pm on the corner of Oxford St and St Mathew’s Rd in front of the Downtown Christian Centre. More information is available from Frans at 082 774 6649 or Lester at 083 229 7630.