Thousands of people gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place last night, to send a strong message to the opposite State Parliament of NSW to “ditch the bill”, for the decriminalisation of abortion.
Many in the crowd were holding crosses, icons of Jesus and signs “Stand for Life”, which is the movement that organised the gathering.
Among the attendees were many from Sydney’s Greek-Orthodox flock, including Australia’s Archbishop Mr Makarios.
"Life begins from the first time of the conception"
After his speech at the rally’s makeshift podium, Mr Makarios spoke to the Greek Language program, stressing that “the Orthodox Faith and Tradition unequivocally teach that life begins from the first time of the conception, that the life of the unborn is sacred and infinitely valued by God, and therefore must be considered with the same dignity and worth we enjoy ourselves”
“The Church cannot accept a human intervention that leads to death”, said Mr Makarios.
Other speakers at the gathering were, Federal Nationals MPO, Barnaby Joyce, State Liberal MP, Tanya Davies, state Labor MP, Tania Mihailuk, Sydney Catholioc Archbishop, , Anthony Fisher , Melkite Catholic Bishop Robert Rabbat, the Rev. Fred Nile, Member of the Legislative Council for the Christian Democratic Party, and others.
A petition calling for upper house members to vote against the bill, signed by more than 77,000 people, was handed to Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Robert Borsak who will table it to parliament.