The French are mobilizing for October 5, as article after article condemns the recent Appeals Court decision on medically assisted procreation (PMA) and surrogate motherhood (GPA). The pages of Le Salon Beige are overflowing with commentary of high integrity from Church leaders, conservative politicians, child psychiatrists, children's welfare, etc…urging the Catholics to get out and march for the Family on October 5. This latest Manif Pour Tous promises to surpass those of 2012 and 2013, considering what has happened in the interim: the continued refusal of the government to listen to the demands of the protesters; the betrayal of her word by minister of Justice Christiane Taubira who mendaciously promised that homosexual marriage would not lead to the sale and barter of children for homosexual parents, through unnatural methods such as medically assisted procreation or surrogate motherhood; the political disaster on all levels of François Hollande's presidency; the pro-Hamas demonstrations of last summer that brought the country face to face with the reality of massive anti-Western terrorism, and at the same time served as a reminder that these terrorists are on French soil, living side by side with the legitimate inhabitants of the country; finally the murder of Hervé Gourdel, in Algeria, a few days ago, ignited a justified desire for revenge.
But the main theme on Sunday is once again morals, ethical medical practices, and the salvation and well-being of the family. It will be a nation-wide rally with demonstrations in Bordeaux as well as Paris.
On September 23 the Appeals Court rendered a decision in the case of a lesbian who became pregnant (via artificial insemination) in a foreign country (Spain), judging that it did not constitute an "obstacle" to the adoption, in France, of the child by the woman's partner. Until now, lesbians did not have the right to adoption, and any child conceived through artificial insemination in a foreign country could not be adopted in France.
It should be noted that only heterosexual couples in France have had the right to bear a child via artificial insemination. Lesbians and single women have had to travel to foreign countries for the procedure.
When Taubira passed her law on homosexual marriage she opened the way to adoption. How to adopt, except through artificial means? The basic justification for the court's decision on September 23 was egalitarianism - we are all equal and have the same rights. Homosexual and heterosexual couples are equal, and have an equal right to adoption, hence the ban on artificial insemination for lesbians had to be lifted.
Aude Mirkovic, professor of law, comments in Le Figaro:
- There is indeed a violation of French law when two women go to Belgium or elsewhere to undergo artificial insemination with a donor, such insemination being forbidden in France. This violation is real but it isn't the only one or the most serious. In today's case, the violation consists mainly in the action of conceiving a child in such a way as to deprive him of a father, not to be burdened with a father and to replace the father with the mother's female partner. The child is thus deprived of his paternal heritage in order to become adoptable. So they are not asking for an adoption, they are hijacking an adoption, and it is this violation of adoption that the Appeals Court has today validated. It had until now refused to validate these procedures for making adoptable babies even when they involved heterosexual couples.
How to explain this decision? That the desire for a child blinds people to the damage that their desires inflict on children is understandable. It's for that reason that there are laws, it's for that reason that there must be laws that protect children even from the desires they are the object of. But a generalized incapacity to go beyond emotions and to attain reason has afflicted the Appeals Court, and this is very serious. The court rendered an emotional verdict, compassionate but contrary to the law and to the rights of children.
More commentary from the Association des Juristes pour l'Enfance (lawyers for children) quoted by Le Salon Beige:
(…) The Appeals Court, by this iniquitous decision, has signed the justice system's abdication in the protection of children. It dares to affirm that "recourse to medically assisted procreation, in the form of artificial insemination with an anonymous donor in a foreign country, is not an obstacle to the ruling of an adoption by the wife of the child's mother, provided the legal conditions of adoption have been met and it is in the best interests of the child."
But the legal conditions for adoption cannot be met if the child has been deprived of one of his parents in order to make of him an adoptable product. The adoption of a child cannot be made without a father. To affirm the contrary is the lowest denial of reality. (…)
Note: Le Salon Beige reminds us that the International Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees the right of the child, insofar as it is possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them (article 7).
Top, a banner against PMA and GPA.
Below, a preview of October 5 with scenes of past demonstrations and a call to "change History."
The weather outlook for October 5 so far is favorable - sun in the afternoon.
Readers have pointed out that the demonstration is pointless now that the court has handed down its ruling. But others say it is not pointless to aim for a repeal of the Taubira law on homosexual marriage. Such a repeal would then render the complicated question of homosexual adoption... pointless.
Labels: Christiane Taubira, Ethics/Morals, Family Values, Homosexuality, Manif Pour Tous, October 5, Resistance