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France extends abortion limit from 12 to 14 weeks

Wed Feb 23, 2022 8:41 pm

Time to fight over something else !

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... ntary-rows

The 12-week limit dates back from the law legalizing abortion in 1975, and is not really controversial, there is no big push to extend it (even this small extension wasn't a big public debate, mostly a political move). (after checking it was 10 weeks in 1975 and 12 weeks since 2001, but the first limit included the time from the end of menstruation to when pregnancy could be confirmed back then).

Apparently one reason to do it was that the limit can be much further along the pregnancy in neighboring countries so there is some "abortion tourism".

The limit is only for a "regular" abortion, it can happen much later for a medical reason (a physical medical reason, not psychological distress), hence why most Down's syndrome fetuses are aborted in France.

I feel this limit of basically the first trimester is pretty well tailored, the woman has time to decide to continue with the pregnancy or not, and the fetus is still far away from viability when aborted. I think it has greatly helped this law to be accepted quickly and be totally banalized. The other reason being the massive dechristianization of the country.
 
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Re: France extends abortion limit from 12 to 14 weeks

Thu Feb 24, 2022 7:00 am

Bravo France, 14 weeks is fine. Not sure I agree with aborting downs children, but that's the parents choice and has naught to do with anyone else.

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