dated January 17, 1975, December 31, 1979 and July 4, 2001 authorize
the practice of abortions under certain specific conditions.
An abortion can be practiced at the request of a pregnant woman whose
state places her in "a situation of distress": she
is the only judge of this situation. It is, before anything
else, a personal decision.
The intervention should imperatively be practiced:
by a doctor
in a public hospital or approved private hospital
before the end of the 12th
week of pregnancy (being 14 weeks after the start of the
last period): this is a imperative maximum deadline stipulated
by the law
July 2004, for the medical method
by an approved gynecologist or a generalist doctor
in his office
the end of the 5th week of pregnancy (being 7 weeks after
the start of the last period).
law guarantees the respect of all human beings as soon as life has
begun. It doesn't seek to harm this principle except in the case of
necessity and in accordance with conditions defined by the present
The pregnant woman whose state places her in a situation of distress
can ask a doctor to terminate her pregnancy.
Art. 4 - L162.1
At the first visit, the doctor solicited by a pregnant woman seeking
to terminate her pregnancy should:
1) inform her of the medical risks that she runs for herself and for
future pregnancies, and the biological gravity of the intervention
she is requesting;
2) give her the guidebook.
Art. 4 - L162.3
If you are a minor and unmarried:
the law allows for the possibility of a doctor to perform an abortion
to the benefit of a non-emancipated minor without getting parental consent
when dialogue with the family is proved to be impossible, and this at
the sole request of the minor. However, in this case, the minor must
be accompanied by an adult of her choice, an adult from her entourage
or from Family
Planning, for example: the role of this adult is limited to a mission
of accompanying and psychological support; he doesn't intervene in the
decisions and has no civil or penal liability in the matter.
Coverage is total for non-emancipated minors without parental consent:
no bill is presented for any of the medical or counseling consultations,
the pre-anesthetic consultation, care and hospitalization costs or concerning
a medical abortion. The documents necessary for the reimbursement of
the practitioners are completed following a special procedure, anonymously.
you are a foreigner:
the rules of common law are applicable to foreign women. Actually, on
the occasion of the new codification of the legislative part of the
public health code (ordinance n° 2000-548 dated June 15, 2000),
and in order to adapt French law to the provisions of the European Human
Rights Convention, the specific conditions previously fixed for foreign
women giving access to pregnancy termination (previous article L. 162.11
of the public health code), were suppressed. Due to this, the specific
residence modalities fixed by regulatory path (decree n° 75-354
dated May 13, 1975) are no longer in effect. Practicing an abortion
on foreign women is therefore not subject to any condition of length
or regularity of stay in France.
Bill of the General Health Direction n° 2001-467 dated September
28, 2001, Bulletin Officiel n° 2001-43.