We are pleased to announce the open-access publication “Inter-departmental abortion travels in metropolitan France: A mixed-methods analysis of women’s experiences, access, and barriers to abortion care”, in which the BAR2LEGAB Team assessed the role of in-country abortion mobility in France. France has made significant progress to facilitate access to abortions over the past decades. Nevertheless, barriers persist for why women do not find services in their department of residence (lack of services or access to preferred methods, quality of care, long waiting times). The paper highlights, first, that in-country mobility is a national phenomenon in metropolitan France, where 18% of French women seek abortion care outside their department of residence. And second, most mobility takes place within Ile-de-France region, where women frequently commute to Paris for timely access to quality care.
Rahm L, De Zordo S, Mishtal J, Garnsey C, Gerdts C. 2022. Inter-departmental abortion travels in metropolitan France: A mixed-methods analysis of women’s experiences, access, and barriers to abortion care. PLOS ONE 17(10): e0273190. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0273190