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Why has the number of abortions not declined in France over the past 30 years?

Population and Societies

407, December 2004

n° ISSN 01847783

Abortion is a final resort after contraception has failed. When the Veil Act legalizing abortion in France was passed 30 years ago, the frequency of abortion was expected to decrease as modern contraception methods spread. Though the number of unplanned pregnancies has gone down, the number of abortions has not. As Nathalie Bajos and her colleagues explain, women with unplanned pregnancies more frequently resort to elective abortion.

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