France: Threats to The Unborn

September 26, 2020

A parliamentary report presented and adopted on September 16, 2020 at the National Assembly, recommends extending the legal deadline for performing an abortion by two weeks. This extension is part of the law facilitating access to IVG or voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) voted in during the summer, due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

“I will not stop defending the right to abortion.” The promise Emmanuel Macron, then a presidential candidate, made on March 8, 2017, has not lost its relevance. It has become the incantation of a presidential majority ready to do anything to stay in power.

Thus, on September 16, 2020, a parliamentary report was approved in the National Assembly by several deputies who advocate “the urgent adoption of a proactive policy” on abortion.

The rapporteurs Marie-Noëlle Battistel (PS) and Cécile Muschotti (LREM), ask their peers to increase the legal limit for performing a surgical abortion from 12 to 14 weeks of a pregnancy.

Moreover, according to the same report, the skills of midwives should be extended by empowering them—before requiring them to do it one day, who knows?—to carry out surgical abortions of pregnancy (abortion).

Finally, the rapporteurs also ask that each gynecology and obstetrics department in a public hospital be able to perform abortions, even if the department heads are not in favor.

Needless to say that this would be an attack on the conscientious objection of a nursing staff, contained in the law: “those who claim to be outrageously pro-life are in fact people who send women to a certain death! This subject deserves neither hesitation nor procrastination,” Agnès Buzyn asserted to the Assembly in May 2019, with accents more reminiscent of Saint-Just in 1792, than the French Minister of Health.

By extending the deadlines, the report wants to “prevent access to abortion from being an obstacle course” for women. There is no question of the unborn child ...

Professor Israel Nisand, president of the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians—who is not a defender of the right to life, far from it—has doubts about this extension of time. This would change the surgical procedure, he explains: “The head of the fetus is ossified and must be crushed. The gesture itself is therefore terrible for the person doing it, and for the patient.”

“Within the College, continues the specialist, “I submitted this measure to extend the two-week deadlines to a vote four times, and each time it was refused by 100% of the voters. In the country, there are probably only a dozen doctors who think otherwise. These are activists who are absolutely not representative.”

In France, since 2001, according to La Croix, the number of abortions has remained high and stable. It varies between 225,000 and 230,000. It was 224,300 in 2018, which represents one in four pregnancies. Thus a quarter of pregnancies end with the murder of a child in France.

Finally, it should be remembered that a 14 week fetus is around 14 cm tall and all of its organs are formed. It is impossible to see anything in him other than a small human being.