On 18 september 2010, Swiss fundamentalist anti-abortion groups (all of them rather small) will hold a manifestation with an oecumenical mass (evangelical and catholic) on the streets of Zürich, “March for Life”, similar to the march which will be hold in Berlin, Germany, on the same date.
No church was willing to host them for the mass. That why they will celebrate it on a public square.
The sponsors are:
Arbeitsgruppe Jugend & Familie www.ig3plus.ch (youth and family, grouping traditional families with 3 or more children) Christen für die Wahrheit www.cft.ch christians for truth EDU Schweiz www.edu-schweiz.ch evangelical political party (very small) Familienlobby Schweiz www.familienlobby.ch very conservative lobbying group Human Life International www.human-life.ch Ja zum Leben www.ja-zum-leben.ch yes to life, this is the only group of any numerical importance. Pro Life www.prolife.ch an organisation organizing collective health insurance for its members (who have to declare that they will never have an abortion) Zeitschriften ‘ethos’ und ‘factum’ www.schwengeler.ch conservative christian journals Zukunft CH, www.zukunft-ch.ch fundamentalist political pressure group (no significance)
A Swiss parliamentarian of the right-wing “Swiss peoples party” (Schweizerische Volkspartei, ) will be the main speaker. This party, although being conservative and cherishing the traditional family model, is very much divided on the abortion question.
Up to now they have only received 872 signatures to their manifesto.
Bioethics Committee of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference
The Committee has a consultative status with the Bishops’ conference on questions of reproduction, genetic engeneering, stem cell research etc.
Among the 11 members there are at least 3 leading members of Human Life International (Swiss section). One of them is presiding the Committee.
Only 1 female member.