The French courts have changed the law to allow couples to register their babies if they miscarry at any stage of pregnancy. This is due to the efforts of three women who fought for the right to register their unborn children when they miscarried before 22 weeks, the previous lower age limit for the registration of children in France. Abortion providers such as Marie Stopes appear to have entirely missed the point, claiming:
This move is about giving parents more choice over how they grieve over a tragic event, not giving new rights to miscarried foetuses.They do not bother to ask the obvious question - whether the countless innocent lives they end before birth every day should also be registered.
As Paul Danon of SPUC rightly comments:
Human life starts at conception, not at birth or at some arbitrary stage in-between, and this is recognition of that fact.
'It will provide comfort to parents who have gone through the tragedy of miscarriage or stillbirth, but it needs to be taken to the next logical stage.
'Giving a name to a child which hasn't survived recognises their humanity, but that's not enough if their right to exist can still be taken away in the form of abortion.'