Especially conservative Christians, both Roman-Catholics and Protestants, participate in the march.
This video is from RD, the Reformatorisch Dagblad, a Dutch protestant (Calvinist, Reformed) newspaper with a circulation of around 60,000, headquartered in Apeldoorn. The conservative newspaper was founded in 1971 and is associated with the Orthodox Calvinist and fundamentalist (Theocratic) Reformed Political Party ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Political_Party ); it is one of only a handful daily national papers remaining in the Netherlands. To honor the day of rest, pages on their website are not available on Sundays.
March for the living 2017 in The Hague
In the beginning you see the Dutch group 'Catholics for life' with a banner with Pope John Paul II. Dutch Roman Catholics are divided in religious conservative, general and liberal wings and a large secular group of people with a Catholic background, but without a church, community and religious life. Often churches are empty on sunday, or half filled or with a quarter of the church filled. The secularisation of the send half of the 20th century and the early 21th century has made the Netherlands a secular humanist country. But the christians are still there. This march is a proof of that.
The christian participants took their little ones with them to show how beautiful life is in their eyes. A few counter demonstrators carried sings like 'boss in my own belly', 'Abortion is a human right' and etc. Many of these folks come from the Dutch bible belt, but also from other places in the Netherlands. Every year they held their March for life.
Pieter, it is interesting to see it. It seems that as abortion became more spread, more people understand its seriousness and moral dilemma. Was Netherlands also a country that introduced a legal euthanasia? The abortion and euthanasia are similar and difficult issues.
The First Kok cabinet, also called the First Purple cabinet was the cabinet of the Netherlands from 22 August 1994 until 3 August 1998. This cabinet legalised Abortion, Euthenasia and the Gay marriage.
The cabinet started processes of liberalization which were completed by the same coalition in the following cabinet, the Second Kok cabinet (from 3 August 1998 until 22 July 2002): the legalization of prostitution in 2000, same-sex marriage in 2001 and Euthanasia in 2002.
My self was in first not to respond but then was to think from the heart and not the mind. After all is done, it needs be to to the mother to decide of her own child rather to be birthed or after. Life is precious and we only have one chance at it, this should be the criteria and not for opinions of others.