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French National Assembly votes in favor to extend gestational age limit
19th October 2020
On October 8th 2020, deputies of the French National Assembly voted in a first reading in favor of extending the gestational age (GA) limit from 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bill still needs to pass the Senate before entering into force. https://www.vie-publique.fr/loi/276586-loi-droit-avortement-allongement-delai-ivg
One reason for extending the GA limit is the fact that annually between 3,000 and 4,000 French women travel abroad to obtain an abortion after 12 weeks.
The bill also plans to remove the conscientious objection clause, which allows doctors and midwifes to refuse performing an abortion. The bill remains subject to debate and was opposed by the National Academy of Medicine. https://www.france24.com/fr/20201012-ivg-l-acad%C3%A9mie-de-m%C3%A9decine-oppos%C3%A9e-%C3%A0-l-allongement-du-d%C3%A9lai