http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/france-free-abortion-law_n_2998962.html  

   

Abortions in France are now effectively free , as a law that requires the nation to reimburse the full cost of the procedure took effect April 1, France 24 reports.

The French law greatly expands access to abortions and also offers free and anonymous birth control to teenagers ages 15 to 18. France’s National Assembly passed the expansive abortion bill in October, and the legislation was approved by the Senate shortly thereafter.

 

The new law seeks to make abortion more easily attainable and offer free contraceptives to cut down on unwanted pregnancies. According to the French Directorate for Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics, 225,000 abortions were performed in France in 2010.

 

As Radio France Internationale notes, free access to birth control includes first and second generation contraceptive pills, along with contraceptive implants and sterilization. However, the law will not include other contraceptives, such as condoms.  

 

President Francois Hollande first promised to pass the free abortion measure during his 2012 campaign. At the the time, the presidential candidate also proposed adding specialized centers for the procedure to all hospitals, according to Le Monde.

 

Before the law was passed, France only offered to cover up to 80 percent of [the cost of] procedures to terminate pregnancies. Contraception costs were also partially refunded with reimbursements set at 65 percent. France provides remunerations for abortions and contraceptives through its social security funds.

 

Abortion was first legalized in France in 1975.

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The French government announced in the last week of September 2012 that all terminations of pregnancy would be reimbursed in full by the Social Security insurance from 2013. The  procedure will therefore be free of cost for women. This was a commitment made by François Hollande during the presidential election campaign in France earlier this year.

 

Each year in France, there are about 225, 000 abortions and 54% are medical abortions. The cost varies from 200 to 450 Euros, depending on the method and is currently reimbursed by the state at 70% for medical abortions and 80% for surgical abortions.

Here is a blog in France where women talk about their abortion experience: “I had an abortion – and I feel well, thank you”

http://blog.jevaisbienmerci.net/