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Over 300 people marched in Christchurch on April 10 to highlight the value of all human life, and to speak out against abortion.

The first ever March For Life held in New Zealand focused especially on the application by the pro-abortion Family Planning Association, a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, to the New Zealand Abortion Supervisory Committee for a license to use the chemical abortion drug RU 486 at their Hamilton clinic.

New Zealand March for Life organizer Joseph Houghton told LifeSiteNews that Christchurch Catholic parishes were well represented, with at least 8 Catholic clergy present.

“The March for Life witnessed one of the largest presences of clergy a prolife event in New Zealand has seen,” Houghton said. “Many other denominations, such as Anglican and Baptist, were represented also.”

Young people from area Catholic colleges embraced the call to create a culture of life, with students from St. Bede’s Catholic College, Villa Maria College and Marian College addressing the crowd together.

Houghton reported that the March for Life was supported by New Zealand Family First, Right to Life New Zealand, Focus on the Family, Family Life International, Prolife NZ and Stop Family Planning NZ.

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