Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paris March for Life Cancelled Over Risk of Last-minute Shut Down by Police

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Jeanne Smits, Paris Correspondent

PARIS, December 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – There will be no national March for Life in Paris next month. The leaders of “En marche pour la vie,” an umbrella organization that coordinates a dozen French pro-life associations, made this “painful” decision on Tuesday evening in the wake of the recent bloody terrorist attacks that took 130 lives in Paris on November 13th. Paul Ginoux-Defermon, spokesman for the event, made the decision public this Thursday, quoting the organizers’ fear of seeing the 2016 March prohibited by the Parisian police authorities.

There will be no-one in the streets on January 24th to march for life and against abortion. Officially, over 200,000 chemical and surgical abortions take place in France each year, and the “day-after pill” is available over the counter and distributed in high schools.

The aftermath of the attacks waged by Islamism against the French Republic is making itself felt. Whichever way you look at it, the “Prefecture de police” of Paris, that had acted so violently against the peaceful “Manifs pour tous” against same-sex “marriage” in the months running up to the law’s adoption in 2016, now has a perfect excuse for discouraging and even banning certain public events altogether.

This will be the first time since 2005 that no major pro-life or pro-family demonstration will be taking place in the French capital. Over the years, the annual Parisian March for Life had grown steadily in numbers and attracted many delegations from the rest of Europe and overseas, including the United States.

The 2016 edition would have protested more specifically against the latest attacks against innocent human life. The socialist government has introduced further liberalization of abortion in a series of laws from the start of its term of office in 2012. A new Health Law under discussion has already been adopted by the lower chamber of Parliament, the “Assemblée nationale”, and aims to allow midwives to procure chemical abortions, to create plans of access to abortion in all French regions, assigning minimal quotas to hospitals and clinics in regard to the amount of childbirths registered there, and to scrap the seven-day cooling-off period between an abortion request and the actual operation. Included in the legislation are wider provisions for embryo research as well as a new measure presuming consent for organ donation.

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