FRANCE – FIDH: International Federation for Human Rights

For September 28, FIDH participated in the Collective “Abortion: women decide” in France. They called for demonstrations everywhere in France, and on Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Health, to defend access to abortion for all women. An article was published on the struggle of women to have the fundamental right to a safe abortion here.

FRANCE – Le Mouvement français pour le planning familial (le Planning) launches a campaign for the right to abortion everywhere

In France, although abortion is still in the law, it is still not “legitimate”, women are regularly asked to justify themselves. Many people speak of abortion as a “failure”, of those women who are not able to “use contraception properly and who” become pregnant “by” accident “. All these words are internalized by women, which sometimes causes a feeling of worthlessness when someone is faced with an unplanned pregnancy situation. Only 36% of the world’s population lives in … Continued

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

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