Thousands protest against abortion in Paris

Thousands protest against abortion in Paris
Women hold their hands as they lead a demonstration Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 in Paris. Several hundred people have demonstrated against abortion and euthanasia in Paris amid a debate on whether access to medically assisted reproduction should be expanded. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched in Paris against abortion and medically assisted reproduction.

The protesters, who claim to have received the support of Pope Francis and several French bishops, gathered in the French capital on Sunday as they joined the 13th March for Life.

Organizers urged doctors across the country to use their “conscientious objection” and stop performing abortions.

About 200,000 abortions are performed every year in France.

Organizers were also marching against a recommendation in September by France’s highest bioethics body that single women and lesbian couples should have access to medically assisted reproduction. The procedures are currently restricted to heterosexual couples.

The protesters also want euthanasia to remain banned in France.