Kolkata (Calcutta) Street-Corner Event to Raise Consciousness, Support the March for Life

We of Viswakamal had to brave some rain on the way to the event today, but not the bitter cold that our comrades-in-arms may face in Washington, DC two days from now. (See previous post about the March for Life and about our event.)

At least thirty Viswakamal members and supporters turned out; and many passers-by, as well, paused long enough to get the message or pick up a leaflet. The talks could be heard through the loudspeakers within a block’s radius of the busy intersection. Seven Viswakamal members spoke, all in Bengali. The event ran for three hours. It was our first outdoor event.

Tapas Kumbhakar speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Group photo after the event. Front, second from right, is emcee Swagata Banerjee.

Through social media, we can greatly extend the reach of today’s message — the message that Kolkatans stand for life. Please share!

Upcoming Street-Corner Event January 20, 2016

The Viswakamal Welfare Society believes in “speaking out for the born and unborn children of India, and assisting their parents.”

We believe that society must be fully active in preventing unwanted pregnancies, through contraception and education. Society must be fully active in caring for any children whom the parents cannot care for. In these ways we will be able to avoid a large population of uncared-for children.

But once a child has been conceived, it is a member of our human family. Just as we do not kill poor children on the street, abortion as a way of dealing with poverty is never a just solution.

Yet in West Bengal alone, every day, about 1500 unborn children are aborted.

On Wednesday, January 20, the Viswakamal Welfare Society will hold a street-corner event at Bagbazar, Kolkata (near the Bata showroom) from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. A number of notable persons will address the gathering. The purpose of the event is to raise public awareness about the humanity of unborn children. They are our little sisters and brothers who cannot speak for themselves, so we must speak for them.

The Viswakamal Welfare Society wishes to express solidarity with similar pro-life movements around the world. The January 20 date has been selected to express support for the March for Life held on January 22 in the US. On that date every year in Washington DC, almost half a million people face the bitter cold in order to protest the practice of aborting defenceless unborn children. It is the biggest annual pro-life event in the world.

Viswakamal supporters preparing for January 20 street-corner event

Jan 22, 1973, was the date of a court ruling in the US declaring that the various state governments had no power to protect unborn children from abortion in any meaningful way. Every year the March in Washington, DC seeks the overturn of that decision. But the more fundamental purpose of the March is to raise consciousness about the humanity of the unborn.

Telephone: 9883242052/9062384579

Awareness Campaign Adopts New Poster

In India unborn girls are being slaughtered mercilessly, and there is a lot of public feeling in favour of protecting them. That feeling stems mostly from a concern about the growing gender imbalance in the population.

That is a serious concern, as the gender imbalance portends serious social problems. But we at Viswakamal feel that a humanitarian concern is still more important. Unborn girls should not be killed, not only because doing so will create a gender imbalance, but even more so because our helpless, innocent little sisters should not be killed.

And we believe that the unborn should not be killed whether boy or girl.

Our new poster asks a question:

WE KNOW IT’S WRONG TO KILL THE UNBORN GIRL!

. . . DO YOU THINK IT’S RIGHT TO KILL THE UNBORN BOY?

The poster does not provide the answer. We want the public to think about the answer. And we believe that if they think deeply, they will say to themselves, “No! It’s not right to kill the unborn boy!” And they will realize that it is wrong for reasons other than gender imbalance. They will realize that to kill unborn boys is inhumane, and to kill unborn girls is inhumane.

In addition to the posters shown above, there is a green Bengali version and a blue English version.

The poster also asks, “WHAT IS ABORTION?” The answer is a link — a link to the “What Is Abortion” page on our website, where the answer will be found.

The posters are bigger than the earlier “Deep in our hearts” posters, which were small.

Viswakamal members have started postering in different places in Kolkata, and they will spread their work throughout West Bengal and Tripura.

Couple Want to Adopt Baby Girl

A nurse and her husband, who is a high-school teacher, want to adopt a baby girl and give her a loving home.

If you are pregnant with an unwanted girl, we beg you not to abort. Let your daughter live. Give her to this couple, and let her lead a happy life.

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সচেতনতামূলক একটি বিষয়ে চটজলদি উত্তর (Creating Awareness in 10 Seconds)

ধরুন আপনার হাতে মোটে দশ সেকেণ্ড সময় আর কাউকে গর্ভপাত সম্পর্কে বলতে হবে তাহলে এই সময়ের মধ্যে আপনি কি বলতে পারেন?

১| মাতৃগর্ভে বেড়ে উঠতে থাকা সকলের মধ্যেই জীবন আছে |

২| মানুষ মা বাবার সন্তান মানুষই হয় |

৩| আর সমস্ত মানবজীবনই ঠিক আপনার আমার জীবনের মতই তাইতো মাতৃগর্ভে থাকা শিশুর জীবন মূল্যবান, তাই নয়কি ?

একজন আমেরিকান ভদ্রলোক Stephen Wagner-এর (of the USA organization Justice for All) গল্প বলব যিনি এই সচেতনতামূলক টেকনিকটি, “10-Second Pro-Life Apologist,” দিয়েছেন |

 

Suppose you have only ten seconds to talk to someone about abortion. What can you say to them? Try this:

If the unborn is growing, it must be alive.

If it has human parents, it must be human.

And living humans, or human beings like you and me, are valuable, aren’t they?

Here is the nice story of how Stephen Wagner of the USA organization Justice for All developed this simple awareness technique, the “10-Second Pro-Life Apologist.”

A Little Girl Who Lived

Shreya was too tiny at first to be seen by anyone’s eye. She joined our human family in this world of ours some time in March 2014.

Shreya’s mother, Karuna, realized one day that month that something had changed inside her body. What had happened was that little Shreya had started out on a journey of growth, a process of urgent and continual change, preparing for the day when she would be able to come out into the air, and would have a chance to touch from outside that woman who had surrounded her and nourished her for months.

Shreya at 3-1/2 months, in April 2015

But perils lay ahead. Abortion under some circumstances is legal in India prior to 20 weeks’ gestation, and there is little strictness about the circumstances. Even in the complete absence of such circumstances, abortion is not hard to arrange. There are 1500 abortions every day in West Bengal alone.

And meanwhile, Karuna’s husband had decided he no longer wanted anything to do with Karuna.

After their marriage, Karuna had gone to live with her husband’s family. But Karuna had never received kind treatment from the family. After becoming pregnant in the midst of an already-inhuman living situation, she had had some kind of breakdown and had entered a hospital. When she was ready to be released, her husband and his parents did not come to pick her up. They did not want her back.

She returned to her own parents. They could give her shelter, but they could not afford the financial burden of her expected child. Karuna was unemployed, her husband having been her sole source of support.

Meanwhile, Shreya continued growing with a biological kind of zeal, constantly exploring the little space in which she lived. She was not able to know that adults sometimes invade that space with all the latest and most ingenious instruments at their command, or what they do once they invade it. At about the 16-weeks point, in July 2014, Karuna came to a decision: she would get an abortion.

But just at that moment, a relative of Karuna’s came in touch with the Viswakamal Welfare Society. That relative explained the whole situation to the Viswakamal secretary. At first through the relative, and then in direct communications with Karuna, the secretary reminded Karuna of the value and uniqueness of her child’s life, and conveyed to her a message of hope, although at that point he could not promise any tangible help.

Karuna listened. She soon realized that she would never be able to pass a death sentence on her child, come what may.

She was now resolutely determined to give life to her daughter, but still her frightening financial position remained. Viswakamal members immediately became active. Soon they had found two sponsors, each of whom pledged to give Rs. 500 a month for however long might be necessary. It was not much, but it was just enough to make Karuna’s situation workable. And some time in December 2014, Shreya made her move, leaving the space inside of her mother and finding her mother’s arms.

And Karuna had found a purpose. She has an education, and expects as soon as Shreya has grown a little to find a decent job. And then she wants to help all the other Shreyas of the world, and make sure they get the chance that every person deserves.

Those who have worked in the pro-life cause in the US say that they often hear from rueful post-abortive women, “If just one person had supported me in any way, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Photo Exhibition on Bengali New Year’s

On the occasion of Bengali New Year’s Day, April 15, 2015, Viswakamal participated in a Bengali cultural function held in South Kolkata. Viswakamal members created a photo exhibition in the entranceway to the auditorium, where the photos were seen by all who attended. Here are two of the sixteen photos displayed, and a Viswakamal banner:

Many of those in attendance were happy to learn of the work of Viswakamal, and expressed solidarity with Viswakamal in its efforts to save the unborn children of West Bengal (1500 of whose brief lives are ended every day by abortion). Here one of the attendees (on the left) talks with Ujjwal Ghosh and Swagata Banerjee of Viswakamal:

And here a visiting family poses with Ujjwal Ghosh:

(Apologies for the quality of the event photos. For technical reasons we could not use our camera and had to use a mobile phone.)

Awareness Campaign Visits the Book Fair

On February 6 Viswakamal carried its unborn-child awareness campaign to the Kolkata Book Fair. A team of five Viswakamal members were joined by the head of a women’s-health NGO who was inspired by the theme of the campaign. (The two children of a Viswakamal couple who participated were also present.) The leaflets attracted a lot of attention, in spite of the messages of all kinds that compete for attention at an event like the book fair.

Saikat Ghosh and Hitangshu Bandopadhyaya leafletting at the Book Fair

Swagata Banerjee checks her remaining leaflets

More photos soon.

Leafletting began about 2 in the afternoon, and before evening the 2000 leaflets that had been printed were almost exhausted. Viswakamal had been unable to print more due to financial limitations. With your help, larger numbers of leaflets can be printed for upcoming events, including International Women’s Day on March 8. If you can help, please write for instructions to viswakamal.ws@gmail.com with the word “donation” in the subject line. To see the Bengali and English leaflets, click here.

 

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Awareness Campaign in West Bengal

On December 27 an unborn-child awareness campaign of posters, banners and leaflets began in West Bengal. A Facebook page will soon be launched, and ads in newspapers and on the Kolkata Metro’s TV channel are being planned. There will be both Bengali and English versions of the posters, banners and leaflets.

Ujjwal Ghosh postering in Kolkata

Ujjwal Ghosh postering in Kolkata

One of the present English posters:

“Deep in our hearts, we all love the unborn.”

At the surface level of our thoughts, most people may not love the unborn, because “Out of sight, out of mind.” The unborn baby is hidden deep inside the mother, and even if we could see within, that baby necessarily starts out microscopically small. But the most striking thing about that first microscopic cell is that it is changing at every moment. At ten weeks the baby looks like this:

(This is a baby still in its amniotic sac. This particular baby was not aborted unnecessarily, but had to be removed from its mother because of her cancer.)

Deep inside, we all understand the meaning of that rapid change: we understand that even at the single-cell stage, the organism is nothing but a packet of biological urge — an urge to grow big, come out of its mother, learn to throw a ball, go to school and make friends. It is a person beginning its life in the only way possible to begin it — small. It is our little sister or brother, and it needs our protection.

At the surface level of our thoughts, most people have not yet sensed the significance of the unborn. But deep in our hearts, we already do. That inner love has to be awakened.

This is one of the Bengali posters:

 

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