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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic StateA Comparative Study of State Feminism$
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Dorothy McBride Stetson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242666.001.0001

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Gendering the Abortion Debate: The French Case

Gendering the Abortion Debate: The French Case

(p.87) 5 Gendering the Abortion Debate: The French Case
Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State

Jean C. Robinson

Oxford University Press

The National Assembly in France tentatively reformed abortion law in 1975 and reaffirmed legal abortion in 1979. The women's movement campaigned on the issue but did not claim success for a policy they believed was still too restrictive. Their influence later increased under the leadership of activist women's policy agencies appointed by Socialist governments. In 1983, the Ministry of Woman's Rights initiated government funding of abortion costs. In the 1990s, a different agency fought anti‐abortion movement efforts to obstruct access to abortion clinics with an amendment to the criminal code.

Keywords:   abortion costs, abortion law, activism, anti‐abortion movement, France, Ministry of Woman's Rights, National Assembly, women's movement, women's policy agencies

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