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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

by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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DestinyRoseLC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 3:06 AM
You must not live in a place like NY if you need to ask that question

Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, the education system isn't failing.    Parents are.

Teachers can only work with the materials that show up in the desks.

Why should college be free?   Why is there this notion that all people should go to college?



Quoting LucyMom08:

 You see what a failing education system is doing to the US...what exactly do you think would be bad about having an educated, productive general population?


Quoting talia-mom:


It isn't free anywhere.   People pay for it through their taxes.


I simply do not see a reason for free college educations on the taxpayers.


We already have free pre-k-12 for some and free k-12 for those not poor or with a child with a disability or limited English.




Why should we pay 50% of what we earn in taxes so things like college, where people can get degrees in fairly useless majors rather easily, are not on their dime?




Quoting LucyMom08:


 Why do you think education should not be free?


Quoting talia-mom:


So you give back at least 50% of your gross income to the government?




Good job.  




Yeah, right you do that.




Quoting Tag3.0:






Quoting talia-mom:


Then start giving back on your next paycheck.  Be a leader.




Who says I don't? I serve my country, pay my taxes and donated time and money to various charities. Im no saint but I do understand that this country will never be what it was as long as the majority remains uneducated.


Im not materialistic, I dont own a big house, fancy car or have debt.


EDUCATION SHOULD BE FREE AND SO SHOULD MEDICAL CARE.


If you have a problem with that, then youre part of the problem.






 






 




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DestinyRoseLC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 3:17 AM
Good job France :-)
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