Catholic activists campaign against abortions in Croatia 

Croatian anti-abortionists are usually trying to change women’s minds by holding prayer vigils in front of hospitals. This autumn, they also spiced up their campaign by promoting a documentary.

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Catholic activists campaign against abortions in Croatia  - NewsMavens
Prayer vigil outside Croatian hospital, YouTube

Why this story matters:

The documentary 40 Days for Life tells the stories of "women and men who chose not to have an abortion, and the testimonials of people who were threatened with abortion, as well as those suffering from the wounds of abortion."

According to the dramatic trailer of the movie linked below, abortions are "the biggest problem of today." But the true problem is, in fact, the rise of Croatian right-wing groups.

Conservatives more and more strongly interfere women's choices, downgrading the position of Croatian women who have to fight to keep the rights they already won a long time ago. 

Details from the story:

  • "40 days for life" is a global Catholic pro-life mobilization campaign which normally takes place two times a year over a period of 40 days. It consists of prayers and vigils in front of hospitals for "unborn children". 
  • 40 Days vigils took place in Croatia for the first time in 2014. This autumn's edition of the campaign took place between September 26 to November 4 in front of Croatian hospitals. 
  • Protests in front of hospitals that disturb patients are forbidden and feminist associations and some political parties argue that such prayer vigils should be banned.
  • Some Croatian cinemas refused to organize screenings of the documentary this autumn. 
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