Pro-life bell blessed by Pope Francis tours Poland

Romaniuk said that his foundation had received requests from pro-life groups outside Poland to cast other bells highlighting the dignity of unborn children.

“We have been approached by a pro-life organization from Ecuador,” he explained. “We are seriously discussing the possibility of such a bell, that its heart may ring for the people of this country. A similar request came from Ukraine.”

A landmark decision on abortion by Poland’s constitutional court came into effect in January.

The Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw ruled on Oct. 22, 2020, that abortion for fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional.

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The court’s verdict prompted a wave of demonstrations across Poland. Protesters directed their anger at the ruling Law and Justice party, but also at the Catholic Church, which welcomed the decision.

The ruling, which cannot be appealed, could lead to a significant reduction in the number of abortions in the country. Abortion is now permitted only in cases of rape or incest and where there is a risk to the mother’s health or life.

“We cannot remain indifferent to how many children die because of abortion,” commented Romaniuk, who initiated the project to cast the bell.

“Today it rings to recall the inalienable right to life, to sensitize and awaken consciences, not only of people in Poland but all over the world,” he said.

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