Thousands protest against abortion 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

PARIS -- Several thousand protesters have marched in Paris against abortion and medically assisted reproduction.

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

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.