UCA News

Taipei Christians and Buddhists unite against abortion

Pro-life campaigners call for change to Taiwanese law

Taipei Christians and Buddhists unite against abortion

Petitioners hold up placards that read “abortion is murder” and “human rights begin from the embryo”

Published: October 15, 2013 10:23 AM GMT

Updated: October 14, 2013 11:48 PM GMT

More than 1,000 Christians and Buddhists chanted “abortion is murder” and other slogans during a protest in which they prayed in front of the presidential office in Taipei yesterday. 

The 'Stand for Life' campaigners also delivered a petition, demanding an amendment to a provision in the Generic Health Act which they claim has led to an increase in abortions in Taiwan. 

The controversial provision stipulates that it is lawful for a pregnant woman to ask for abortion if the pregnancy or childbirth affects her mental health or family life.

Pastor Tang Chong-yong of Tainan Haian Christian Church criticized the provision for being too vague and allowing room for abuses.

The protesters are calling on the government to establish a mandatory counseling system, stipulating that the doctor and the counselor should not be the same person.

The petitioners also want a mandatory seven-day period for reflection before the abortion takes place.

Pastor Juanita Hebard, director of Ray of Hope, a home for unmarried mothers, said that in some cases when women were asked whether they want an abortion, it was “like asking them if they want a cup of coffee, as if it was nothing serious.”

Stand for Life protests have been ongoing for the past five years. This was the first time this year that they were staged in Taipei.

Help UCA News to be independent
Dear reader,
November begins with the Feast of All Saints. That month will mark the beginning of a new UCA News series, Saints of the New Millenium, that will profile some of Asia’s saints, “ordinary” people who try to live faithfully amid the demands of life in our time.
Perhaps the closest they will ever come to fame will be in your reading about them in UCA News. But they are saints for today. Let their example challenge and encourage you to live your own sainthood.
Your contribution will help us present more such features and make a difference in society by being independent and objective.
A small donation of US$5 a month would make a big difference in our quest to achieve our goals.
William J. Grimm
UCA News

Share your comments

Latest News

Asian Dioceses
Asian Pilgrim Centers
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia