16 January 2008

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.