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**VATICAN 16 Jun 2013 Pope hosts meeting of pro-life advocates

(EVENT TBC) Pope Francis, newly elected in Mar 2013 to replace now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, hosts a meeting of pro-life advocates fro

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VATICAN 16 Jun 2013 Pope hosts meeting of pro-life advocates

(EVENT TBC) Pope Francis, newly elected in Mar 2013 to replace now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, hosts a meeting of pro-life advocates from around the world that is dedicated to the "Gospel of Life." The Vatican can expect a huge influx of pilgrims, particularly from the United States. The right-to-life movement is almost a religion in its own right in the United States, and the 40th anniversary in 2013 of the Roe vs. Wade court decision legalizing abortion is stoking passions. The recent lethal gang-rape

**VATICAN 16 Jun 2013 Pope hosts meeting of pro-life advocates

(EVENT TBC) Pope Francis, newly elected in Mar 2013 to replace now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, hosts a meeting of pro-life advocates from around the world that is dedicated to the "Gospel of Life." The Vatican can expect a huge influx of pilgrims, particularly from the United States. The right-to-life movement is almost a religion in its own right in the United States, and the 40th anniversary in 2013 of the Roe vs. Wade court decision legalizing abortion is stoking passions. The recent lethal gang-rape of an Indian woman, linked to a girl shortage in India because of female feticide, could feature at the Vatican meeting as one more argument for a global ban on abortion.

On Dec 16 a 23-year-old student was repeatedly raped on a moving bus and assaulted with an iron bar. She died from the injuries. The atrocity is being blamed in part on the shortage of marriageable girls in India, which has left a surplus of young men who have little hope of marriage. A Time Magazine report in January associates rape and other violence toward women in countries like India and China to the unnaturally high ratio of men to women due to the selective abortion of female fetuses and neglect of girl children. India's census shows that among children under 6 years old, there are only 940 girls for every 1000 boys. Worldwide, it's around 986 to every 1000.

On 22 Jan 1973 the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in the US Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in all states. In response, in 1974, the pro-life movement started the March for Life in Washington DC, and has held since on or around Jan 22.

The Vatican meeting is an important event for tourist agencies. Priests for Life is organizing one of several that offer multi-day tours combining the pro-life meeting with sightseeing around the Vatican. (WRITTEN JAN 13, UPDATED MAR 2013)

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Date written/update: 2013-06-16