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Thousands Gather to Protest Against Abortion in Paris

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  January 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
To protest against abortion based on a parliamentary bill that would make pregnancy termination easier, thousands of people gathered for a rally in Paris.
 Thousands Gather to Protest Against Abortion in Paris
Thousands Gather to Protest Against Abortion in Paris
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Organisers, among them rightwing religious groups, anti-gay activists and associations for handicapped children, claimed 40,000 people took part. Police put their number at 16,000.

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The demonstration was inspired by changes in Spain, where the conservative government last month, under pressure from the Catholic Church, agreed to draft a bill that would ban abortions except in cases of rape or threat to the mother's health.

France's leftwing-dominated parliament is on Monday to start debating a bill that would permit a woman to obtain an abortion if she does not wish to pursue her pregnancy. Current law requires her to show that having a baby would put her "in a situation of distress".

The bill would also punish those who try to prevent a woman from entering places where she can receive information on abortion.

France records around 220,000 abortions a year and it is estimated around one Frenchwoman in three undergoes the procedure in her lifetime. Since a year ago, abortions are reimbursed under the state health system.

Source: AFP
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