New French Law Uses Quotas to Meet Abortion Demand

The National Assembly of France has taken steps to make abortion more accessible, by attempting to enforce abortion quotas. The new French law was adopted last week, and also overturns a seven-day waiting period, allows doctors to perform surgical abortions in neighborhood health centers, and gives midwives the right to prescribe and administer medical abortions. The French media have reported on longer waits for abortion in the summer holiday season, resulting in political pressure to assure that abortion is easily and rapidly available at all times and seasons. The new law contains an amendment that fixes a minimum “quota” of abortions for each Regional Health Authority, obliging them to define by a yearly contract with each health care facility in their range, the number of abortions it will be required to carry out.