France: An institutional site for “the right to abortion”

Publié le : 13 September 2013

 The creation of an institutional site that is "clear and openly in favour of the right to abortion" was recommended in the report generated by the Haut conseil à l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (HCEfh) (France’s High Council for Gender Equality) and submitted today to the Minister of Women’s Rights. The reasoning is apparent. The report asks Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem to implement institutional tools to "counterbalance the strong influence of anti-abortion movements" which deliver "incorrect information" via the Internet on sites that are overly qualified as "appearing to be neutral or even institutional". Because the HCEfh considers that access to "quality" information on the "right to abortion" is "a non-guaranteed right" because of "public information […] which is not sufficiently transparent", he advocates in his report the creation of an "institutional site for women and professionals", "a free, anonymous, unique and national point of contact", "a monitoring and leadership team", and last, but not least, "organisation of the first national information campaign dedicated essentially to the right to abortion " based on "sexuality, contraception and abortion".       

On 21 October 2013, this HCEfh report will be followed up by a global report focusing on access to abortion.
It should be noted that 40% of French women have access to abortion at some point during their lives and 225,500 abortions are carried out every year in France. These have been fully refundable since January 2013.

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