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