.- An estimated 25,000 pro-life advocates took part in the sixth Paris March for Life on Sunday to mark the 35th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in France and to protest its âblatant injusticeâ towards the unborn and the âunspeakable sufferingsâ it causes women.
The March for Life, called âMarche pour la Vieâ in French, brought together 15 French pro-life groups for the non-sectarian and non-partisan event. Organizers said a majority of participants were families or under 25 years old.
Participation increased from last yearâs attendance of 15,000 people. The 2010 event saw an unprecedented mobilization effort on social networks like Facebook, March organizers said.
CÃ©cile Edel, president of the group Choisir La Vie, called upon French citizens to reflect upon the âdisastrous resultâ of 35 years of legal abortion and the âunspeakable sufferingsâ of millions of women.
She denounced the âblatant injusticeâ committed against millions of the unborn.
A dozen international delegations took part in the event, including a representative from the British group Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).
Dolores Meehan, co-founder of San Franciscoâs West Coast Walk for Life, also addressed the event.
âFuture generations of Europeans will be able to bring about a culture of Life thanks to your courage to come and publicly say âNo!â to abortion,â she declared.
France has the second highest abortion rate in Western Europe and also one of the highest contraception rates. The 1975 abortion lawâs sponsor, Simon Veil, herself has deemed the high abortion rate âdistressing.â
âThe way forward is one of compassion and justice: compassion by providing expectant mothers with the real choice, that of preserving their unborn life; and justice with the comprehensive abolition of abortion,â the Paris March for Lifeâs mission statement reads.