“Known by the hypocritical euphemism, termination of pregnancy, legalised abortion is justified as a way of avoiding the back-street variety. However, abortion is premeditated murder aggravated by the fact that the victims are unable to defend themselves. According to the current application of Italian law 194, it would seem that mothers can do what they want with their children, kill them or keep them alive.
These children have no rights, they are like objects that you can throw in the dustbin. No woman truly wants to kill her own child but she kills that child hiding behind a false excuse: “I just can’t keep it”. If Law 194 were fully applied in terms of those articles that aim to safeguard pregnancy and life, a woman would be able to find the resources to be a mother to her child and no longer ask to do away with it” Father Oreste Benzi
We are absolutely certain that no mother really wants to abort her child.
But there is always someone or something that induces her to do so. There are people who do not want the child because it interferes with their plans, because it is a source of embarrassment and shame, because it obliges them to take responsibility. These pressures are often masked by advice purporting to be for the future good of the woman, but they can also translate into threats, emotional blackmail, trickery and violence.
Italian law protects mothers and new-borns, allowing any woman to give birth without acknowledging the child as hers, possibly remaining anonymous, thus enabling the baby to adopted without delay. The child’s birth certificate will record him/her as “born to a mother who does not consent to being named”.
If you are in difficulty and think you will be unable to bring up the child you bear in your womb, we can provide you information about the legal situation, help you to find the nearest suitable clinic or hospital. We are always ready to help you, including by welcoming you away from your home if the situation requires this and we arrange for you to have counselling to help you make the best decision.
We try to help mothers having difficulty dealing with their pregnancy. Help is offered to women who requested voluntary termination and have then changed their mind and also to women who have had an abortion and need to be listened to rather than judged, mothers needing to give a name to that series of disorders resulting from abortion and who need a course of psychotherapy to enable them to express their mourning.
We reject “therapeutic abortion" in that it is no kind of therapy whatsoever and we also condemn eugenic abortion, whose aim is to do away with any human foetus with a problematic or merely inconvenient prenatal diagnosis, making a de facto selection and a judgement about what deserves to live and what does not. We provide practical support to those mothers, those parents who intend to welcome life in any circumstances, ensuring they feel welcomed and supported and are not left to face their life alone.
In 1999 Father Oreste Benzi initiated the prayer for life as yet unborn, holding prayer sessions right outside Rimini hospitals on days and at times at which legal abortion was being performed. The Community is firmly convinced that those who stay silent in the face of such slaughter are accomplices in the murder of these creatures and therefore we regularly get together outside Italian hospitals that practice abortion. Thanks to this presence, many little lives have been saved.
To those who disapproved of holding prayer sessions in the street, Father Benzi responded: “We cannot fail to be present at the place where all these little innocents are being martyred, to listen to their cries for help, standing beneath their cross and begging God to out an end to this slaughter. By being present we wish to stand alongside those mothers to save them from the wounds of abortion that never heal, offering them all the help they need to restore their dignity and to welcome their child who is already living inside them into the world. I go and pray in public to call people together before God with the greatest act, which is that of prayer, and to beg for pity for those about to be killed”.