• Fri, Apr 5 2013

France Makes Abortion Free And Makes The USA Look Even More Archaic

shutterstock_123416194__1365165785_70.118.110.28While we seem to be taking huge steps backwards in women’s access to safe, affordable abortion in this country, France is moving forward with landmark legislation that will make contraception free and reimburse all women for abortion procedures. Did you hear that? France is making abortion free.

From the Global Post:

As of April 1, the French state covers 100 percent of the costs for 100 percent of terminations.

Previously only girls under 18 could claim the full cost back from social security, while older women would receive between 70 and 80 percent.

The new provision, introduced as one of Socialist President François Hollande’s campaign promises in early 2012 and approved in October, is part of a drive to bolster women’s reproductive rights.

It’s nice to see a country taking a realistic approach to the huge problem of unwanted pregnancy – as opposed to our tactic in this country, which is basically a bunch of pro-lifers placing their hands over their ears saying na, na, na – I can’t hear you! There’s no such thing as an unwanted baby! Funny that these same people are usually the ones bitching about welfare mothers and children who don’t seem to have any parental guidance. If we spent more time and money educating people about contraception, and less time trying to make abortion illegal – guess what? There would be a lot fewer unwanted, poorly parented children in the world.

You have every right to have a moral objection to abortion, but if you don’t have any solutions – just shut the hell up and don’t get one yourself. Interestingly, those who are the most vocal opponents of abortion are usually the same people who want to defund organizations like Planned Parenthood – which provide education and contraception. Education and contraception reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Pretending that you can actually force human beings to abstain from having sex and that everyone is in awe of the miracle of life does not. The statistics prove this time and time again.

It would be great if every child that was conceived was wanted. Really – it would. It would also be great if money actually grew on trees and Twinkies were good for you. It’s just not reality. Women need access to safe and affordable contraception and abortion. Women need to have control over what happens in their own bodies. French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said, “the reform is designed to help remove the barriers that continue to prevent women exercising their ‘fundamental right’ to decide what happens to their bodies.”

I never considered myself a Francophile – but this legislation may just push me to become one.

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  • Jessie

    … Yep. I’m moving to France. Pack our bags, husband!
    That being said, I hate to be “this person,” but I believe I’ve spotted a small mistake in the article. When you said ” If we spent more time and money educating people about contraception, and less time trying to make abortion illegal – guess what? There would be a lot more unwanted, poorly parented children in the world,” I believe you meant there would be “a lot LESS unwanted, poorly parented children in the world.”

    Or at least, that’s what makes sense in my head. If I’m wrong, forgive me. :)

    • BlueBelle

      And I think you mean “fewer”;)

      Almost!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      haha. You’re both right. I need to have this baby so I can consume caffeine again.

    • Jessie

      *facepalm* You’re right, I did mean “fewer.”
      Guess that’s what I get for trying to correct grammar at seven in the morning, and without my morning coffee. XD

    • BlueBelle

      hahaha, I know the feeling. Set up a document this morning, proofread it and discovered (horror of horrors) not one, not two, but FIVE your/you’re and their/there/they’re mistakes.

      :::hides/burns her English master’s degree:::

      Distraction will be the death of me.

  • Ordinaryperson

    They’ve been covered by provincial healthcare for years in Canada, no big.

  • chickadee

    Key phrase? “Socialist President.” The types of people who think that abstinence-only is ideal and that abortions are immoral and should be illegal are also the one who tend to worship the pure capitalist state. They also think that Obama is a socialist, so I doubt we can ever emulate Canada or France. You have to have a national healthcare system first, and you see how much people love that here…

    • http://twitter.com/Alouette_Jolly Ada

      Exactly!

  • jes

    great. not only is it legal to murder a baby, its now free as well! awesome!

    • chickadee

      You need to look up the definition of murder.

    • Ordinaryperson

      And the definition of free. They pay taxes for healthcare, abortions don’t just grow on trees you know.

    • Barb

      Who pays taxes for healthcare? France–yes. Half the people in the US–no.

    • Ordinaryperson

      Who wears short shorts? We wear short shorts!!
      Yes, the French pay taxes for healthcare, they are the they because they are the peeps the article was about.
      Now I have the short shorts song stuck in my head. I hope you’re happy.

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  • Susan-Anne White

    The Socialist government in France are April fools, engaged in a French revolution against Biblical morality. I am a Christian and the Bible teaches chastity before marriage and faithfulness within it. The French government think they are wiser than God but, in reality, they are fools.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mcgrath.75 Rebecca McGrath

      Your biblical morality means nothing except to those who share your beliefs. You should stop trying to force them on others, your beliefs will NOT rule my life. I’m going to take a wild guess that you watch Fox News and support the Tea-Party? My advice to you is to get off the computer (its the devil’s tool) and get yourself a foil hat.

    • Poogles

      “I am a Christian and the Bible teaches chastity before marriage and faithfulness within it.”

      So, be chaste before marriage and faithful within your marriage. Leave the rest of us to make our own decisions on that, since we’re not all Christians (and not even all, or maybe even most, Christians follow those rules anyways).

      Also, what does “chastity before marriage and faithfulness within it” have to do with abortion? Do you really think no married, faithful-to-their-partners women have abortions? That they never get raped? Or never find themselves without the resources to raise a child? Or never get diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that can only be dealt with by or after an abortion? Or never have fetuses that have congenital deformities incompatible with life?

    • A-M

      Thankfully the France has the separation of the State and the Church enshrined in its Constitution, so what the Bible, or the Torah or the Qaran or whichever book you fancy this week says is irrelevant. Try researching someone’s country and culture before applying your own ‘norms’.
      Vive la cinquième République!