Hundreds of protesters took part in several protests in France, this Saturday (10), against the bioethics bill, which authorizes all women, including homosexuals or single women, to undergo treatment to get pregnant in public hospitals.
The collective “Marchons Enfants”, formed by conservative groups, promoted acts in cities like Paris, Toulouse, Rennes, Bordeaux, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand.
In the capital, the protest took place in the famous Place Vendôme, in front of the Ministry of Justice. Protesters shouted “Macron, we don’t want your law“, or” we don’t want surrogacy “, or even,” in France, you don’t sell humans “.
Several associations took turns to denounce the text that they consider to be a “threat to children”. The anti-abortion group Alliance Vita, in turn, asked to “stop the eugenic process”.
Voted on August 1 in the second instance in the National Assembly, the bill, whose main measure is the opening of medically assisted procreation (PMA) for all women, must be examined in the French Senate, at a date not yet fixed, between the end of the year and the beginning of 2021.
“We ask the senators to withdraw the project with a view to its in-depth rewriting,” the president of the “Manif pour tous” group, Ludovine de la Rochère, told the press.
Mercantilization of humans
“This bill is a commodification of human beings. We go to the hospital to buy a baby that I don’t know where it came from, there is no longer the act of love that allows me to conceive a child. This is not possible, “said Odile Thomas, a Clermont-Ferrand protester.
“I want all children to have a father, but you can’t make a father,” said Denis, 50, a real estate agent and a father. For this Bordeaux protester, “the family – father, mother and one or more children – is the basis of society”.
In Toulouse, young women were pushing supermarket carts, where barcode stickers and counterfeit 500 euro bills were glued to plastic dolls.
There were counter-demonstrations, too, in several cities, such as Rennes, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse, where police officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse a group of about twenty LGBT activists.
In Nice, the protesters waved signs that read “You don’t have a family monopoly.”
In January, tens of thousands of people from various regions of France, opposed to opening assisted reproduction to all women, took part in demonstrations in the capital, two days before the Senate considered the project.