Towards an Extension of the Deadline for Abortions in France

October 14, 2020

The majority deputies voted in first reading for the law setting the legal deadline for voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) at 14 weeks of pregnancy against the current 12 weeks, despite government opposition.

It is not often that a law is passed by a parliamentary majority against the advice of its own government. This is exactly what happened on October 8, 2020. Despite the opposition formulated by several ministers, all in favor of abortion, the law proposing to extend the legal period of access to abortion by 12 to 14 weeks was accepted on first reading.

Two other points remain to be considered: the elimination of the conscience clause specific to abortion, and the possibility of allowing midwives to perform surgical abortions through the first ten weeks of the pregnancy.

Defenders of the text argued that it represents a “consensus” responding to long-standing demands from various sectors of society. But this claim is largely contradicted by the facts.

A Revealing Survey

The pro-life association Alliance vita commissioned a survey on abortion in early October. The results are enlightening. First, it appears that more than half of French people consider the annual number of abortions in France - 232,200 in 2019 - to be worrying.

The answer to the following question is very interesting: 92% of French people believe that an abortion leaves psychological scars that are difficult for women to live with. This reality is denied by the feminists who in this way work against women, or by the various governments who thus abandon part of the population to their misfortune.

The common sense of those who know women who have committed this irreparable, terribly traumatic error, joins the scientific findings. It has been more than thirty years since the Canadian psychiatrist, Philippe Ney, described the post-abortion syndrome with his collaborator, Dr. Marie Peeters. Their work has been published in recognized medical journals.

The two doctors also described “abortion survivor syndrome,” a term for children who know there have been abortions in their families. This clinical entity is essential to understanding the damage this crime has had on the younger generations, and to explain, at least in part, the so conflicted situation these “survivors” have with their parents.

This is why, to assert, as the gynecologist Philippe Faucher does on the government’s abortion site, “that there is no long-term psychological consequence to abortion,” reveals incompetence or dishonesty, and probably both at the same time.

The poll further reveals that 73% of French people think that society should do more to help women avoid having an abortion. Which shows, despite public awareness, that abortion is considered to be something to be avoided, because it is traumatic.

Finally, 88% of French people are in favor of preventing abortion by researching and analyzing the causes or conditions that lead to such an end.

Faced with the threat posed by this law, the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians (CNGOF) has expressed its worry about as well as its attachment to the conscience clause.

These doctors also explained the big difference between an abortion at 12 weeks and the same act at 14 weeks. In this second case, the head of the fetus is already ossified, and it must therefore be crushed with special forceps: an abominable and dangerous procedure for the woman. They admit, moreover: “It is understandable that such a procedure could be shocking for the majority of practitioners.”

The president of the CNGOF, Prof. Israel Nisand, recalls for his part that, during the previous extension of the deadline in 2001, “30% of gynecologists stopped participating in abortions.”

But, unfortunately this is not the type of consideration that would be likely to stop those who do not care much for reality, and who see only an ideological plan to be accomplished at all costs, whatever the number of deaths and the tragic social bill that will result.