When 343 French ‘Sluts’ Fought for Abortion Rights — and Won

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When 343 French 'Sluts' Fought for Abortion Rights — and Won

By Fiona Zublin

“I declare that I am one of them. I declare that I have had an abortion.” So signed Simone de Beauvoir, Catherine Deneuve, Agnès Varda and other famous French women, bravely adding their names to the “Manifesto of the 343,” a document that could have led to their prosecution, and that raised the profile of French pro-choice activists.

It was April 1971, and hundreds of French women signed their names, swearing they had sought illegal abortions. The manifesto arguably led to the advent of laws favoring a woman’s right to choose in France — a country that while famously liberal in many ways, has often lagged on women’s rights. French women weren’t allowed to vote until 1944, and while Roe v. Wade gave American women the right to an abortion in 1973, in the early 1970s, French women were still traveling to the U.K. — where abortion was legalized in 1967 — whenever they decided that pregnancy and motherhood wasn’t a viable option.

Continued at source: Ozy.com: http://www.ozy.com/flashback/when-343-french-sluts-fought-for-abortion-rights-and-won/79733

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France Will Bury Its Abortion Rights Champion As a ‘National Hero’

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France Will Bury Its Abortion Rights Champion As a ‘National Hero’
Claire Zillman
Jul 05, 2017

At a funeral ceremony with military honor at Les Invalides in Paris on Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron paid respects to a woman who represents "the best of what [the country] can achieve."

He praised feminist icon Simone Veil, who died last week at age 89, for making France "better and more beautiful" and announced that the politician who crusaded for the legalization of abortion in the 1970s will be buried alongside the nation's most revered figures in Paris's Panthéon.

Continued at source: Fortune: http://fortune.com/2017/07/05/simone-veil-abortion-france/

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Simone Veil, first European Parliament President, dies at 89

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Simone Veil, first European Parliament President, dies at 89

Holocaust survivor and women’s rights advocate, she became the elected president of the European Parliament in 1979.

By Connor Murphy
6/30/17

Former European Parliament President Simone Veil died on Friday at the age of 89.

A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, Veil was a strong advocate for European unity and became the first directly elected president of the European Parliament in 1979.

She was also a champion for women’s rights in France and across Europe. As health minister under President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1974, Veil legalized abortion in France, making it the first mainly Roman Catholic country to do so.

Continued at source: Politico: http://www.politico.eu/article/simone-veil-first-european-parliament-president-dies-at-89/

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French Politician Simone Veil, Holocaust Survivor And Abortion Pioneer, Dies At 89

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French Politician Simone Veil, Holocaust Survivor And Abortion Pioneer, Dies At 89

June 30, 2017
Merrit Kennedy

Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and women's rights advocate who was instrumental in legalizing abortion in France, has died at age 89.

Veil was among France's most popular politicians and was revered across the political spectrum. In 1979, she became the first directly elected president of the European Parliament.

Continued at source: National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/30/534974403/french-politician-simone-veil-holocaust-survivor-and-abortion-pioneer-dies-at-89

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France to sanction ‘misleading’ anti-abortion websites

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France to sanction ‘misleading’ anti-abortion websites
The new law extends existing punishments for interfering with abortion to the internet, and offers a counterpoint to Trump.

By Natalie Huet
2/16/17

French lawmakers Thursday passed a new law sanctioning websites that aim to dissuade women from terminating a pregnancy by using “misleading claims” on abortion.

In its own controversial way, the Socialist government is offering a counterpoint to Donald Trump’s move to reinstate the U.S.’s global gag rule. A Dutch-led funding initiative to support family planning worldwide has also been gaining traction.

Continued at source: Politico: http://www.politico.eu/article/france-to-sanction-misleading-anti-abortion-websites/

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France Bans Anti-Abortion Websites that Spread False Health Information

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by Sirin Kale
Dec 9 2016, Broadly

Lawmakers in the European country have just passed a bill criminalizing anti-abortion sites that lie about the medical procedure. But is it the answer?

It's been a year of misinformation and bullshit, propaganda and lies—and I'm just talking mainstream Western politics. If you believe we're living in a post-truth age, where conjecture passes for fact and supposition for orthodoxy, you're probably right—but there's a caveat. Anti-abortion activists will say pretty much anything to deny women their reproductive rights, and they always have done. After all, every day is a post-truth day in an anti-abortion activist's world.

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Source: Broadly

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French government moves to ban misleading anti-abortion websites

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by Safe Abortion, Dec 9

The French National Assembly has passed a law outlawing the promotion of false and misleading information about abortion on the internet, which will now go to the Senate. The text of the provision is one sentence:

“Lutte contre les pratiques de désinformation, notamment sur Internet, induisant intentionnellement en erreur ou exerçant une pression psychologique sur les femmes et leur entourage en matière d’IVG.”

(Opposition to the practice of disinformation, in particular on the Internet, of intentionally promoting errors, or intentionally putting psychological pressure on women and those close to them in the matter of abortion.)

The law would punish offenders with up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine.

Of course, the anti-abortion movement in France is upset about it and complaining about limiting their so-called freedom of speech. But what is unclear is why they feel a need to promote false and misleading information and intimidate women in the first place. It is actually possible to be anti-abortion without using false information in your messaging, let alone trying to tell women how to live their lives.

But they haven’t stopped women having abortions, and perhaps that is why they have begun telling women lies. However, when lies can hurt people, the state has a responsibility to intervene. Companies are not permitted to lie about the contents or purpose or safety of products or medicines. So why does the anti-abortion movement think there is nothing wrong with lying to women, and by implication think there is nothing wrong with adversely affecting women’s lives?

A report in the Guardian describes the websites concerned as masquerading as neutral, appearing to offer officially approved services with a freephone helpline number but actually promoting anti-abortion propaganda and pressuring women who contact them not to terminate pregnancies. Another media source talks about the websites intimidating women seeking information about abortion services.

The president of the French Conference of Bishops has written to Prime Minister Hollande asking him to intervene to stop passage of the law and the Archbishop of Marseille has called it a violation of the principles of democracy. So do they defend telling women lies too?

“Freedom of expression should not be confused with manipulating minds,” Socialist Minister for Women’s Rights Laurence Rossignol said, as the debate kicked off last week.

François Fillon, recently chosen to stand for election next year as a candidate for a right-wing party, was accused on Europe 1 by Alain Juppé, who was running against him, of changing his stance on abortion from support for abortion as a fundamental right (stated in a book he wrote), to saying he had made a mistake and now did not approve of abortion. He also said, however, that he will not try to overturn the landmark 1975 law legalising the practice. Unfortunately, there are not as yet laws against changing your views for political advantage.

SOURCES: Le Monde, by Cécile Chambraud, 29 November 2016 ; The Guardian, by Angelique Chrisafis, 1 December 2016 ; France24, 7 December 2016 ; PHOTO

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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French lawmakers ban websites that spread ‘false information’ on abortion

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2016-12-07, France24.com

French Senators on Thursday passed a bill to ban pro-life websites from spreading "false information" about abortion, following a heated debate with rightwing lawmakers who argued it would contravene freedom of expression.

The debate comes less than five months before France elects a new president, with the rightwing Les Républicains party candidate François Fillon, a staunch Catholic, tipped to win.

Fillon has said he is "personally" opposed to abortion, but that he will not try to overturn a landmark 1975 law legalising the practice.

The bill passed by senators on Wednesday will extend to the internet a 1993 law criminalising "interference" in abortions in the form of "false information".

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Source: France24.com

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France moves to ban misleading anti-abortion websites

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Supporters say the law would stop the spread of ‘misinformation,’ but opponents say it violates free speech
by Amar Toor@amartoo Dec 2, 2016, 6:55am EST

The French National Assembly this week moved to criminalize websites that spread “misinformation” about abortions and spread pro-life propaganda. The law, approved on Thursday, would punish offenders with up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine. It will now move on to the Senate, The Guardian reports.

Supporters say the bill would target sites that masquerade as neutral sources of information on abortion, but are in fact operated by advocacy groups that seek to manipulate and pressure women into not terminating pregnancies. The proposal has drawn criticism from right-wing politicians and Catholic organizations, who say it infringes on free speech.

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Source: The Verge

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French MPs vote to ban abortion websites that intimidate women

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Government seeking to criminalise sites that pose as neutral sources of information but promote anti-abortion propaganda

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

Thursday 1 December 2016, The Guardian

The French National Assembly has approved a plan to outlaw abortion information websites that masquerade as neutral, official services with freephone helpline numbers but promote anti-abortion propaganda and pressure women not to terminate pregnancies.

The Socialist government’s proposal seeks to criminalise any websites that deliberately mislead, intimidate or “exert psychological or moral pressure” on a woman seeking information about terminating a pregnancy, with punishment of up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine.

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Source: The Guardian

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