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Protests against France's new bioethics law, Place Vendôme, Paris, France (October 10, 2020)

Florence Gallez | Paris, France


Tens of thousands of pro-life people took to the streets in Paris and throughout France on October 10 to protest a new bioethics law that would extend medically-assisted procreation to all women and same-sex couples, but would also legally deprive children born through donors of a paternal lineage, legalize abortion at any stage of the pregnancy, including in its final stage, and would allow the creation of genetically modified embryos for research, including chimera embryos, through the injection of human stem cells into animal embryos.

The bioethics bill, which currently restricts IVF rights to heterosexual couples, and still needs to be examined by the Senate before it gains final adoption as law, is President Emmanuel Macron’s biggest social reform, and has pitted pro LGTB associations against religious and conservative groups on issues such as equality, reproduction rights, human dignity, and the preservation of the family as the foundation of society.

The demonstrations, organized by lobby group La Manif Pour Tous in 60 French cities, gathered protesters in groups small enough to bypass the current ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

Florence Gallez is an independent documentary photojournalist and black and white photographer from Brussels, Belgium, currently based in Paris. Gallez received a BA degree in English and Russian from the University of London in 1996, an MSc in journalism from Boston University in 1999, and a digital media focused MSc from MIT in 2012. She spent eight years as a Moscow-based journalist covering Russian politics, economics, society, and culture for The Moscow Times, the U.S. publisher Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg BNA), and most recently CNN’s Moscow Bureau. As a photographer of social documentaries, she seeks to bring more visibility to people who are in challenging situations and often not cared for by society, especially women and children. In Paris, she is also contributing local and international news and social documentaries to the French photo agency Wostok Press.

Florence Gallez




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