the people you will meet during this process, alone or in a couple,
are required to maintain a professional secret
(art. 226.13 of the New Penal Code).
This process happens in 3 phases:
1. first medical consultation and reflection period;
3. second medical consultation before the intervention
First medical consultation and reflection period
An abortion is a medical act. Request
an abortion from the doctor of your choice. He will explain:
steps to take
the different abortion
methods and the possible complications.
He will give you a guidebook and the addresses of places which propose
counseling and also of the abortion clinics adapted to your choice.
is not required to follow up with your request or to perform the abortion
(moral conviction) but he must inform you of this during the first
consultation. In this case, you should immediately consult another
doctor so as not to lose time.
[If you have a problem, don't hesitate to contact your local French
Family Planning Movement (association locale du Mouvement
Français pour le Planning Familial) as
quickly as possible whose contact information you will find
You then have a one-week required waiting period of reflection.
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this one-week required waiting period, you can benefit from free
counseling (adult women). It will take place in a family advice
or consultation information center, a family planning center, a social
service or another approved organism.
The addresses will be in the guidebook given by your doctor.
The goal of this interview is to allow you to freely
express yourself with a person who will give you all the
necessary information about the different possibilities available to
you, will listen to you and help you with the greatest respect
for your final decision.
Don't hesitate to talk about all the difficulties you have had.
If you are a minor, this interview is required: at the end of the
appointment, you should receive a dated attestation of the interview.
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Second medical consultation before the intervention itself
final decision is made (choice of an abortion), you will confirm it
in writing to your doctor. Attention,
you must respect certain deadlines imposed by law: this should
be done at least one week after your first medical consultation and
at least two days after the counseling session.
The doctor will give you a certificate meant for the center that
will perform the intervention (hospital or clinic). Most often, this
second consultation takes place in the center where the abortion will
be performed. In this case the certificate is unnecessary.
In the case where
you risk going over the 12-week term, the doctor can decide to reduce
This consultation can also be the moment to evaluate your medical situation.
If you have health concerns, in particular about sexually transmitted
diseases and AIDS, talk about it to your doctor who can prescribe additional
steps explained above apply to all forms
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