Target: National Assembly of France
Goal: Support a new law providing free abortions and free access to birth control for women
Recently, a new law was enacted in France which helps women seeking access to contraceptives and abortion procedures. Women over 18 are allowed free access to abortions. Girls aged 15 to 18 are also included in this law, as they are now allowed free and anonymous access to contraceptives such as pills and implants. This new law will greatly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in France, and allows women greater access to health care.
The law was passed in October 2012, and only recently put into effect. It is intended to help women across the country avoid unwanted pregnancies. Previously, the country would only offer to cover up to 80 percent of the procedure, with the woman being forced to pay the rest on her own. The law is also focusing on preventing abortions by providing free contraceptives. Girls aged 15-18 are also allowed access to the free contraceptives, and are allowed to acquire them anonymously. Women across the country are now allowed to receive these procedures without embarrassment – regardless of their financial status.
The law is a step forward for women’s rights in France. Women are now facing fewer restrictions in choosing what to do with their bodies. According to Health Minister Marisol Touraine, this choice for women is a ‘fundamental right’, and the law will help women retain this right. Enacting this law is a major step forward, and should be applauded.
Dear National Assembly of France:
Recently, you enacted a law which will give women free access to birth control and contraceptives. This law will also give girls aged 15-18 free and anonymous access to contraceptives. These new measures will allow women access to health, despite financial status or stigma.
I applaud you for enacting this law. Women have a right to choose what to do with their bodies, and this law removes some of the barriers that have blocked that right. Women across the country now have a freedom they deserve. Thank you for giving them back their right.
[Your Name Here]
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