They wanted to take advantage of the (timid) start of the presidential campaign to question the candidates.
Several thousand people opposed to abortion marched in Paris on Sunday against the bill extending the legal deadline for abortion.
They wanted to make their “10 proposals” heard by the candidates during a “March for Life”.
This year, “the first subject is the Gaillot bill (…), an unfair law” which must authorize the extension of the legal duration of the voluntary termination of pregnancy from 12 to 14 weeks, declared Nicolas Tardy-Joubert, president of the "March", during a press briefing before the departure of the procession.
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Gathered in the freezing cold, the demonstrators - including many teenagers and young adults - held up pink and yellow signs: "Stop bothering with embryos" or "To live is a right, not a choice".
According to the organizers, some 20,000 people took part in this “March for Life”, which is held every January.
The text examined in the Senate this week
Among them, Jacques Dumoulin, a 65-year-old retiree, came from Bordeaux with his wife Anne "so that we recognize that life has been sacred from the start".
“Today, we use abortion as a means of contraception,” regrets Marie, 17, an agronomy student from Aube.
The "second important subject" of this mobilization, "is the presidential election", estimated Nicolas Tardy-Joubert, calling on the candidates to ensure "that the protection of human life is a great national cause".
"We do not support anyone", he added, but "we present our 10 proposals" to the candidates, such as "restoring the reflection period of at least 3 days" before an abortion or the rejection "of assisted suicide and 'euthanasia'.
Led by ex-LREM MP Albane Gaillot, the text allowing the extension of the legal deadline will be examined at second reading in the Senate on January 19.
At the beginning of December, the deputies had voted this text which provides for the extension of the legal period from 12 to 14 weeks and the possibility, for midwives, to practice this act.
It also eliminates the 48-hour period between the psycho-social interview and the collection of consent to an abortion.