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Abortion Laws today

Abortion in France is legal as an elective medical procedure during the first 14 weeks from conception.

Abortions at later stages of pregnancy up until birth are allowed if two physicians certify that the abortion will be done to prevent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman; a risk to the life of the pregnant woman; or that the child will suffer from a particularly severe illness recognized as incurable.

Abortion was legalized by the Veil Law in 1975. 

Conscientious objection is regulated (it was a concession for the law to be passed in 1975) but it can be personal and not institutional.

Since 1982, abortions have been performed in the French social security system.

France was the first country to legalize the use of mifepristone, initially known as RU-486, as an abortion drug in 1988 (until the 7th week of pregnancy).

President Macron wants to declare abortion a fundamental right.

How and where vigils began

A first campaign in France is being promoted in Fall 2023.

Country Statistics
Abortions per year 223,300 in 2021
Vigil locations 1
Volunteers 5
Saved lives 0
Abortion facilities closed 0
Abortion workers quit 0
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Vigil locations in France