“Choose life so that you may live.” (Deut 30:19)
“Christianity is the only religion that says, “Your model is a child,” the child of Bethlehem. When you have been taught to despise the child, there will be no more Christianity in this country.” ~ Servant of God, friend of Pope Saint John Paul II and famed French geneticist, Jerome Lejeune*
“France is a country with a great tradition and heroism that comes out frequently in her history.” So says Dr. Joseph Meaney, Human Life International (HLI) Director of International Outreach and Expansion. Nowhere else is this legacy more visible than today in the streets of Paris, where Dr. Meaney works and lives. Two days after Washington D.C.’s March for Life, he braved nasty weather along with 40,000 others to join the French March for Life. Dr. Meaney: “Many international groups participated and so it was natural for HLI to be there also, showing our solidarity and support.” The peaceful protest is timed close to the legalization date of abortion in France, which was in 1975.
Cold and freezing rain proved no deterrent, even to entire families with small children participating. Several hundred young persons volunteered in different roles at the event. It might have been even more massive, had the weather cooperated, as it did this year in Washington, D.C.
Major 2018 Challenges Facing France
“Currently in vitro fertilization (IVF) for single people or same-sex couples is illegal in France. It is anticipated that there will be a push to lift these restrictions. There is also a danger that legalizing euthanasia will come up for a vote. It is therefore very important that pro-life and pro-family campaigners make themselves seen and heard.”