An "International Pro-Life Symposium", organised by the dioceses of Bayonne, was held on 30 November and 1 December. It brought together 600 people on both days to hear twenty scientists, religious figures and representatives of associations opposed to abortion and euthanasia and respectful of human life.
As the website of the symposium explains, it provided the opportunity to make "a review that has become necessary to understand the issues involved, the risks, the fears and the hopes aroused by the latest technical discoveries, the legal changes and the evolution of society on this issue." Addressing the audience on four themes, namely "How to make public opinion more aware?", "Involving politicians", "Promoting life faced with public health programmes", and "Educating young people for love and life", "speakers from all over the world – including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Benigno Blanco, President of the Spanish Family Forum, and Monsignor Jean Lafitte, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family – discussed their activities for two days."
Interviewed during this symposium, Marie-Christine, 52, a participant, "a retired teacher, who terminated a pregnancy when she was 30, […] said she regretted […] today that ‘not enough information is given to people who agree to have an abortion’."
A young woman from Bayonne aged 25 explained to APP: "It is a very positive message for us to make those close to us and society aware of the importance of human dignity and respect."