Several thousand people gathered Sunday, January 17 on the Place du Trocadéro, in Paris, in a “Walk for life” against abortion. They were 5,000 according to the organizers, and between 4,000 and 6,000, according to the Paris police headquarters.
“The message is to remind people that abortion is above all violence against women. We often have the habit of presenting abortion as a right ”, but it’s “A right to be gagged”, said Aliette Espieux, spokesperson for this “Walk for life”, organized almost every year since 2005. Behind a logo mask “Pro-life generation”, the young woman added that the majority of voluntary terminations of pregnancy (abortions) were “Distress abortions”, criticizing the government for not seeking to “Alleviate”.
Extension of the abortion period denounced
Framed by an important device of the police, the demonstrators gathered in front of a platform where a banner proclaimed “Abortion: stop the culture of waste”, in front of the human rights square.
They protest in particular against two legislative texts which contain provisions “Scandalous” according to the president of the “Walk for life”, Nicolas Tardy-Joubert. The first is the bioethics law, which notably includes medically assisted procreation (PMA) for all women.
The second is the bill extending the time limit for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks, tabled by MP Albane Gaillot and voted on at first reading in the National Assembly with broad support from La République en Marche and the Left. The text must be examined this week in session in the Senate, with little chance of success.
Due to the health situation, the rally was coupled with a virtual mobilization on Zoom – followed, according to the organizers, by 10,000 people.
Before this event, the “Walk for life” had organized a visual communication campaign depicting chicks about to be crushed, accompanied by the commentary: “Does the crushing of live chicks shock you?” U.S. too. And that of human fetuses? “
A happening was held at the end of the afternoon in connection with this campaign. Protesters dressed in trash bags sported infant masks with the message “Aborted baby = human in the trash”, the idea being to denounce the ” Two weights, two measures “ between animal suffering and the fate of fetuses after an abortion.
In 2019, 232,000 abortions took place in France. Since 2001, this number has fluctuated between 215,000 and 230,000.