We Heart: France!

4720353199_dbd2c28857_nApril 1 marked the beginning of free abortion in France (no fooling!). As mandated by the new law, the country will now reimburse all abortions 100 percent, as well as provide free contraception for girls ages 15-18.

The law also doubles the fees paid to hospitals that provide abortions, as incentive to perform the procedure at more facilities. France previously paid 80 per cent of the fees for abortions for women 18 and older, and 65 per cent of the cost of contraception for girls ages 15-18.

However, some think that the law doesn’t go far enough. Abortions are still only legal within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy—unless the mother or child are in danger—and contraceptives are limited to first- and second-generation pills, implants and sterilization; other birth control methods such as condoms are not included in the law. Plus, contraceptives are still not free for women above 18.

The measure comes as part of President François Hollande’s 2012 campaign promise that he would make it easier for women to access abortions. The president has been staying true to his campaign promises, supporting marriage equality in addition to women’s reproductive rights. France is treating reproductive rights as a health issue rather than a moral one entangled in religion or politics.

Geaux France!

Photo courtesy of dolbi303  via Creative Commons 2.0.

Comments

  1. Therese LePage says:

    I wonder about emotions, broken hearts, failed condoms, pregnancies maybe not reported early enough by a young girl who may not know the signs of pregnancy or who be in denial or fear. Will young girls receive wise education along with their birth control?….or better yet be required to be educated on the subject before the birth control is made available? I wonder about the immaturity to handle the power of sexual relationships so young when the brain doesn’t completely develop until age 26. And yet, what a freedom to learn. And to have that freedom protected by safeguards and endorsed by law and society is the way it should be done. Sex is happening among the young anyway. Better this way. Better with protections and legality and acceptance all around young, responsible sex. And better the doors of communication and medical care remain open.

    • She’s not a young girl, she’s a young women. I’ll bet that when you talk about teenage males, you call them young men. When people call adult males men and adults females girls, they’re being male chauvinistic.

  2. France also put into their constitution that they want to eradicate prostitution and related “sex” trade within 5 years. This includes “high-class” prostitution. Good for France! Also, in France, sexual harassment is a criminal offence (although you can also sue civilly.) France is envisioning a society where women should be treated with respect.

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