International Day of the Unborn Child was established by Pope John Paul II on the day, that coincides with the Feast of Annunciation. He viewed this day as “a positive option in favor of life”.
The first country to celebrate this holiday was El Salvador. It took place in 1993, when nation observed Day of the Right to Be Born. Eventually other countries followed the example and initiated their own observances, connected to the unborn life. For instance, Argentina started celebration of Day of the Unborn in 1998, Chile and Guatemala initiated celebration of Day of the Conceived and Unborn and National Day of the Unborn accordingly in 1999.
Celebration of International Day of the Unborn Child is supported by different religions. The representatives of the Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish communities participate in it since 1999.
Fight against abortions is the main goal of this observance. The vast majority of Christian religions qualify abortion as a murder of a child, since the belief that the human soul appears at the moment of conception.Remind me with Google Calendar
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