An estimated 50,000 people marched in Bratislava, Slovakia on Sunday to defend human life and call for an end to abortion in the largely Catholic country, which had been ruled by the Communist Soviet Union from 1948 to 1989.
"Man did not give himself life, it is a gift given to him," said Stanislav Zvolensky, the Archbishop of Bratislava, as reported by LifeSiteNews.
"We want freedom for unborn children so that they can live freely their human life," said march organizer Marek Michalcik.
Under current law, abortion-on-demand is allowed up through 12 weeks in a pregnancy and up through 24 weeks in a pregnancy if there are health reasons for the procedure.
Pro-life lawmakers would like to limit abortions to six to eight weeks, or ban them completely. However, "it is unclear if the proposals will become law since the ruling Smer -- a leftist, socially conservative party -- and junior center-right Slovak National Party have not said whetehr they will back any of them," reported Reuters.
The pro-life marchers "also called on lawmakers to 'express disagreement with such documents of international organisations that in Slovakia interfere with the constitutional values of marriage, family, equality between men and women, and the right of parents to raise their children,'" reported LifeSiteNews.