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France modifies its abortion law, extends gestational age limits and allows midwives to perform surgical abortion

15th March 2022

The French abortion law has recently been modified to strenghten abortion rights, by removing barriers to accessing abortion care, such as gestational age limits, which lead pregnant people to travel cross-borders to seek abortion care, as our study shows.

The new law extends gestational age limits for abortion on request (voluntary termination of pregnancy – IVG), from 12 to 14 weeks (since conception); allows midwives to provide surgical abortion in hospitals; creates a directory of abortion providers.


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