How 343 Women Made French History by Talking About Their Abortions
By Jess McHugh
November 26, 2018
On April 5, 1971, in France, 343 filmmakers, writers, actresses, singers and philosophers ended a long-held silence.
“One million women have abortions each year in France,” they wrote in a manifesto published in the magazine Nouvel Observateur. “I declare that I am one of them. I declare that I’ve had an abortion. We demand open access to contraceptives; we demand open abortion.”