CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Pro-Life Walk for societal care

HONG KONG (SE): The Birthright Society held a Pro-Life Walk at The Peak on March 26 to demonstrate the need to care for deprived sectors of the community and raise funds for the various services and educational programmes it carries out.

Peter Au Yeung, the chairperson of the Birthright Society, presided at the opening ceremony, together with Joseph Lee, the chairperson of Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council.

Reverend Lee Fook-sung, the chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, as well as representatives from the Hong Kong Pro-life League, the Catholic Nurses Guild and the Hong Kong Catholic Guild were also present with members of the Birthright Society and supporters.

The Birthright Society of Hong Kong operates on the belief that any pregnant woman coming to its offices for help is a person, a human being looking for help to deal with the life of another human being in a time of need; not just one more statistic, issue or problem to be dealt with.

It also runs a hotline support service, which offers immediate response and guidance to those who seek it.

The Birthright Society works in conjunction with Caritas to offer support in the areas of drug counselling, parenting, peer and family support groups, as well as occupational support advice and accommodation where appropriate.

It runs on the philosophy that society is capable of providing a pregnant mother in difficult circumstances with options other than abortion. It aims at assisting young mothers to develop their goal in life by providing close and intensive psychological follow up and developing a supportive system among them and their families.

Additional services in the areas of English tuition and vocational training, as well as some ongoing support after birth are also offered.

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