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France Makes Contraception and Abortion Free...

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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France Makes Contraception and Abortion Free

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France Makes Contraception and Abortion Free

In case you missed it, yesterday marked an exciting new chapter in French reproductive rights.  Thanks to a new law that came into effect on April 1, women no longer have to pay to terminate a pregnancy and minors won't need to use up all their pocket money in order to afford their birth control. Although this sounds too good to be true, it ain't no April Fools.

According to France 24, increasing reproductive justice was one of Fran├žois Hollande's main campaign promises during the past election. Under his new bill, women are now entitled to a full reimbursement for the cost of their abortion and girls aged 15-18 are also guaranteed free birth control (both for the contraceptive pill and the implant).

When the bill passed in October, the Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, explained that it was a "public health choice" and she took the opportunity to remind people that abortion is "never a trivial act" for women. 

Since increasing access to birth control has consistently shown to reduce abortion rates, French authorities are expecting to see a drop the amount of women requiring abortions now that the law is effective.  For those of you that are already rolling up your sleeves and jumping to the comment section to proclaim that free abortions will increase the incidence of abortions, let me stop you right there.

Access to free, legal and safe abortions does not, has not and will never increase pregnancy termination rates in the long-term. Unlike soda refils, abortion does not become more attractive when it's free. Abortion is not an attractive choice, it's a really difficult one. Abortions aren't like half price easter chocolates, women don't run out and get them because they're on sale (easter chocolate sale? WHERE? WHERE?). They get them because they need them, and that's why the government should be concerned with provinding affordable and safe access to them. 

What do you think about France's new commitment to women's reproductive health?

 

http://www.policymic.com/articles/32383/france-makes-contraception-and-abortion-free

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moroccanmommy
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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Legal and free murder. Yay
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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Thinking France isn't a country we need to model any playbook after. Jus sayin. 

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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never ending nanny state

sillytime
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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Goooo FRANCE!! Great choice for the people!
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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Well done France for understanding the need for affordable choices.

ashellbell
by shellbark on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM
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That's awesome. Especially the free contraceptives.
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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or people could pay for their choices, but who cares about responsibility when they have a double digit employment rate and people renouncing their citizenship because of their latest taxation policies


Quoting turtle68:

Well done France for understanding the need for affordable choices.



Josie_P
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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I think it's awesome!

notabosley
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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Amen!

Quoting turtle68:

Well done France for understanding the need for affordable choices.

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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Not French so cant speak on behalf of their citizens.

I do know how some of the US citizens bleat on about taxes when other nations are happy paying them and having the luxuries that you are without.

Quoting talia-mom:

or people could pay for their choices, but who cares about responsibility when they have a double digit employment rate and people renouncing their citizenship because of their latest taxation policies


Quoting turtle68:

Well done France for understanding the need for affordable choices.




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