By Jonathon Van Maren
The COVID-19 pandemic has heralded a host of setbacks for the pro-life movements of Europe. The Netherlands has removed its waiting period for women seeking an abortion, intended as a period of reflection on an irreversible decision; Germany’s new socialist government has revoked its ban on advertising for abortion; and EU’s parliamentary president Roberta Metsola, a Maltese pro-lifer, reneged on her anti-abortion stance mere days after getting elected by saying she’d support recognizing abortion as a fundamental right in the EU’s charter.
It is perhaps unsurprising that there is now more bad news out of France since it has been French president Emmanuel Macron pushing to have abortion recognized as a fundamental right despite the fact that a number of European countries, including Malta, still ban abortion. Like most European countries, France has restricted abortion to 12 weeks, but in recent years there has been a massive push to legalize abortion further.
Interestingly, Macron was reluctant to liberalize France’s abortion regime, perhaps worried that he would further inflame his nation’s traditional factions in the leadup to April’s elections. He told one magazine that having an abortion so late was “more traumatizing” for women and that “extended time limits are not neutral in terms of a women’s trauma” although he remained silent the morality of the question.
Watch this video, for example, to see babies of that age clenching and unclenching their fists, waving their arms and legs—and then imagine what those babies might look like once the abortionists were through with them.
Macron took fire for his position from politicians such as Laurence Rossignol, former Socialist minister for families, who accused Macron of being stuck in the past. “I had an abortion, and I am not traumatized,” she announced to the senate. Another senator joined her in the declaration.