No mandatory period between pre-abortion confirmation consultation and abortion procedure. In case there is a consultation with a social worker, it is followed by a mandatory 2-day period before the signature of the consent form which can be done on the day of the abortion procedure.
Contraception to be evoked preabortion consultation.
Specific conditions for minors
Pre-abortion consultation with a social worker required for minors under 18 (emancipated minors excl.).
Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 18 (emancipated minors excl.). If the minor wants to keep abortion a secret, she has to be accompanied by an adult of her choice.
☷ PRACTICAL CONDITIONS
Mandatory pre-abortion examinations
Blood group and rhesus factor
Involved healthcare professionals
Surgical abortion: obstetricians/gynaecologists (OB/GYN) or another physician
Medical abortion: OB/GYN, another physician, or a midwife.
☷ ABORTION STATISTICS
270 abortions per 1,000 live births (2016 – Resident women only).
Abortion “on request”: [Missing data]
Time of abortion: [Missing data]
☷ CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION
In 2016, among women who had induced abortion, 99% lived in France (metropolitan France or overseas departments).
☷ FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA
Woman age of first birth, in years: 30 (2013)
Overall contraception data: [Missing data]
Pre-abortion contraception: [Missing data]
Contraception during abortion process: [Missing data]
☷ COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS
Women have to give written consent.
Additional France-specific characteristics
If the non-emancipated minor wants to keep abortion a secret, she can be accompanied by an adult of her choice, different from her parents/guardian.
All HCPs have the right to conscientiously object but they are required to inform the patient without delay and provide referral. Each public hospital medical consultant must accept the provision of the termination of pregnancy, if this has been decided by the board of governors, in order to comply with the mission of the public health services. They are entitled to refuse to practice it but cannot oppose colleagues who do so.
Both surgical and medical abortions are free of charge for resident women.
We thank Pr. Aubert AGOSTINI for his help in data collection.
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