FRANCE – French feminist, Gisèle Halimi, who never resigned herself, has died aged 93

She died the day after her 93rd birthday. Emmanuelle Piet’s expression of admiration is for a woman who was committed to the fight against inequalities and women’s freedom – for the right to abortion, the abolition of the death penalty, criminalisation of rape, decriminalisation of homosexuality, and much more.

FRANCE – Request by women’s rights members of parliament to extend the upper time limit for surgical abortion during the pandemic fails

On 28 May, a request for an extension of the upper time limits for surgical abortion by two weeks, from 14 weeks to 16 weeks LMP, was rejected by the Senate by 156 votes to 143, with 37 abstentions. Proposing the extension was Senator Laurence Rossignol (top left), former Minister of Women’s Rights, Laurence Cohen (top right) of the French Communist Party also involved in women’s rights, and a number of professional organisations. It was … Continued

FRANCE – Early abortion via telemedicine permitted as of 10 April 2020

In a letter published 10 April 2020, in response to a request from the Minister of Solidarity and Health, the High Authority on Health and National College of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians provided the following guidance and recommendations for abortion with pills by telemedicine outside health establishments in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. In all cases where possible, women should be able to choose the method of abortion, medical or surgical, and receive detailed information. … Continued

FRANCE – 28 septembre : lettre d’interpellation du collectif “Avortement, les femmes décident !”

(Open Letter by the collective “Abortion, women decide”) The International Federation for Human Rights called for demonstrations across France for 28 September, which happened in many places, as reported in a previous newsletter. They also sent an open letter to Agnès Buzyn, French Minister of Health, calling on her to defend access to abortion for all women. It was signed by a wide range of more than 90 groups and associations – feminist, trade union, … Continued

FRANCE – Haut Conseil à l’Égalité (High Council on Equality between Women and Men)

A l’occasion de la journée mondiale du droit à l’#avortement du 28 septembre, le Haut Conseil à l’Egalité rappelle que ce droit reste fragile et défend l’accès à un avortement libre et gratuit pour toutes les femmes en France et à l’international. (On the occasion of International Safe Abortion Day on 28 September, the High Council on Equality noes that this right remains fragile and defends access to free abortion without restrictions for all women … Continued

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