The new abortion law is part of a package of proposed gender equality measures to extend paternity leave, promote sex equality at work, decrease sex stereotyping in media, and provide increased support to low-income women and survivors of domestic abuse.
"At a time when women in many parts of the world, including in the United States and Spain, are seeing their rights restricted, violated, and disrespected, France has set an important example for the rest of the globe with its progressive stance toward reproductive health care," said Lilian Sepulveda, Director of the Global Legal Program for the Center for Reproductive Rights. "Ensuring a woman's right to control her fertility is fundamental to achieving gender equality. But passing today's law is just the first step - we now look to French policymakers to ensure women see the benefits of this historic law implemented this year."
In the United States, women have a constitutionally protected right to abortion, but restrictions on abortion access vary from state to state. An explosion of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws has also limited access to abortion, by forcing comprehensive women's reproductive health clinics to close.
While women in the US wait for better and more affordable access to abortion services, France's new law could go into effect as early as 2015.
Media Resources: RFI 8/5/14, 1/22/14, 3/31/13; Thomson Reuters Foundation 8/6/14; The Center for Reproductive Rights Press Release 8/5/14; France 24 4/2/13; Guttmacher Institute 2014; American Civil Liberties Union
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