French parliament approves abortion bill

The bill would punish those who try to prevent a woman from accessing information on abortion.

French parliament approves abortion bill
World Bulletin / News Desk

France's parliament has approved a bill that allows a woman to obtain an abortion during the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

If voted in by parliament's lower house, it will change a 1975 law which stipulates that only "a pregnant woman whose condition puts her in a situation of distress” has the legal right to terminate her pregnancy.

The bill would also punish those who try to prevent a woman from accessing information on abortion.

The move late Tuesday has attracted considerable opposition as France is a deeply Catholic country.

The bill is, however, expected to be passed by the lower house on Friday.

Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2014, 16:00
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