While Americans ready for the annual March for Life
in Washington, D.C., the French will have their own march
just a couple of days earlier, on January 20th. It will commemmorate the thirty-third anniversary of the Loi Veil
(Veil Law), named after politician Simone Veil
, passed January 17, 1975 decriminalizing abortion in France. It complemented the Loi Neuwirth
legalizing contraception. According to this Lifesite article
, 6 million children have been aborted in France since passage of the law.
Five French bishops have shown their public support for the march:
Mgr Bagnard, of Bellez-Ars, Mgr Cattenoz, of Avignon, Mgr Centène, of Vannes, Mgr Rey, of Fréjus-Toulon, and Mgr Fort, of Orléans.
The March will start from the Place de la République in Paris at 2:30 p.m.