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International Day of the Unborn Child – March 25, 2023

The International Day of the Unborn Child is commemorated every year on March 25. Unborn children are frequently denied the same rights as those who are born because their perceived value and right to life are linked to the wants and desires of the mother who carries the child in her womb. Unborn children, on the other hand, exist and are living members of the human family. The International Day of the Unborn Child is a day dedicated to commemorating all unborn children, celebrating their lives, renewing our commitment to safeguarding them, and advocating against abortion violence.

History of International Day of the Unborn Child

Terminating a pregnancy is a difficult decision that frequently necessitates a lot of thought. Abortion is performed for a variety of reasons, including unintended pregnancy, financial hardship, health concerns, socioeconomic factors, and many others. Abortion is a loss regardless of the reason, and various people deal with it in different ways. Every year on March 25, the world commemorates the International Day of the Unborn Child. This day is commemorated as a day of protest against abortion and is observed as an annual commemoration of aborted fetuses. Unconventional social customs continue to plague society to this day. Abortion and the death of unborn children are examples of such practices.

Pope John Paul II instituted this day in Argentina, to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation. The day was seen by John Paul II as a positive option in favor of life and the spread of a culture of life to ensure respect for human dignity in all circumstances. El Salvador was the primary country to recognize the Day of the Right to Be Born, which was established in 1993.

Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, and the Republic of Costa Rica followed suit, establishing the Day of the Unborn in 1998, the Day of the Conceived and Unborn in 1999, the National Day of the Unborn in 2000, and the National Day of Life Before Birth in 2001. In 2000, Nicaragua became the first country to observe the Day of the Unborn Child, followed by the Dominican Republic in 2001 and Peru in 2002. The Knights of Columbus have embraced the promotion of the International Day of the Unborn Child.

International Day of the Unborn Child timeline

1993
El Salvador Recognizes the Holiday

El Salvador is the primary country to recognize the Day of the Right to Be Born.

2000
First Country to Observe the holiday

Nicaragua becomes the first country to observe the Day of the Unborn Child,

2013
Chile Joins in the Observation

Chile starts marking the Day of the Unborn Child and Adoption.

2016
The Day Coincides With the Pope's Death

The International Day of the Unborn Child falls on the 11th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

International Day of the Unborn Child FAQs

What is the pain level of abortion?

The discomfort is described by most women as being worse than a heavy period.

What is the medical term for abortion?

A spontaneous abortion is a term used to describe a miscarriage.

When did the word 'fetus' first appear?

Since at least 1594, the term ‘fetus’ has been in use.

How to Observe International Day of the Unborn Child

  1. Make donations

    Hand to Hold is a charity organization that supports parents through pregnancy and infant bereavement. In commemoration of International Day of the Unborn Child, you can give to help them.

  2. Plant a tree

    Planting a tree on the anniversary of a child’s death is a beautiful and enduring gesture to remember a lost child. If you don't have enough room to plant a tree, several environmental organizations will do so for you in a state forest in exchange for a small donation.

  3. Create a remembrance memento

    From the various online stores that provide handmade memorial jewelry, you can acquire jewelry inscribed with the baby's name. If you like, you can make your own jewelry for a more personal touch.

5 Interesting Facts About Abortion

  1. 630,000 legal abortions

    In 2019, approximately 630,000 legal abortions were reported in the United States, according to a report.

  2. 22% of pregnancies end in abortion

    According to the World Health Organization, 22% of all pregnancies in the United States (excluding miscarriages) result in abortion.

  3. 125,000 abortions daily

    Every year, an estimated 40 to 50 million abortions are performed over the world, equating to around 125,000 abortions each day.

  4. Annual stillbirths

    In the United States, approximately 24,000 babies are stillborn each year.

  5. 60% fetal fatalities at 28 weeks

    After 28 weeks of pregnancy, 60% of fetal fatalities occur.

Why International Day of the Unborn Child is Important

  1. It allows free expression of grief

    As diverse as the experience and reasons for losing a baby may be, stigma, shame, and guilt emerge as similar themes around the world. Women can publicly express their grief and mourn their losses on this day.

  2. It honors the lives of unborn babies

    This day honors the thousands of unborn infants whose lives have been cut short as a result of abortions. From the moment of conception, every human life should be valued and treated with dignity.

  3. It teaches us to value life

    The International Day of the Unborn Child reminds us that human life should be respected at all stages. It teaches us to value all living things and as a reminder that every human life is unique.

International Day of the Unborn Child dates

YearDateDay
2023March 25Saturday
2024March 25Monday
2025March 25Tuesday
2026March 25Wednesday
2027March 25Thursday

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