MONACO – Monaco to decriminalise abortion, but not provide it

On 17 June 2019, the National Council of Monaco voted unanimously to amend the legislation relating to abortion. The bill was first presented in October 2017. Since then, the Commission on Women’s and Family Rights carried out a consultation with a range of groups – medical, women’s rights, youth, the Catholic diocese and others. On 5 August 2019, the government of Monaco said in a statement that they would move in the coming months to … Continued

RÉUNION/FRANCE – Proposal to include the right to abortion in the Constitution of France

The island of Réunion, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, is still a territory of France. Now, 50 members of the French National Assembly, including three from Réunion, have proposed that the right to abortion should be included in the French Constitution. The French abortion law, the Veil Law, dates back to 1975, passed under Health Minister Simone Veil. Among the reasons that may hinder access to legal … Continued

FRANCE – “The French Senate isn’t exactly a progressive chamber…”

On 7 June 2019, the French Senate adopted a bill increasing the upper time limit for women to have an abortion on request from 12 weeks to 14 weeks. Laurence Roussignol, the French Socialist Party Senator who presented it, said: “There is no scientific consensus on a necessary time period” within which to access a safe abortion and that the change “represents an improvement in the sexual and reproductive rights of women”. However, although the … Continued

FRANCE – “They could have had a cervical smear strike, non?” Osez le feminisme

In mid-March 2019, a French gynaecologists’ union threatened to stop doing abortions in an attempt to force the Health Minister to meet them to discuss what they called a lack of insurance funds for colleagues convicted of medical errors. The union, Syngof, which represents about a quarter of France’s gynaecologists and obstetricians, wrote to its 1,600 members calling on them to be prepared to stop carrying out abortions to make themselves heard and force the … Continued

FRANCE – The Simone-de-Beauvoir Prize 2019 has gone to Salvadoran Sara García Gross, for her work for the right to abortion

Sara García Gross has been advocating for the right of women to decide what to do with their bodies for a decade now, in a country where the anti-abortion legislation is among the most restrictive in the world. The award will be presented at the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris. It was created in 2008 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir in order to “help mobilise international solidarity, reaffirm … Continued

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