Justine Chaput

PHD Student
justine.chaput@ined.fr Researcher website
Secretariat : Marie-Laure Trudel 33(0) 1 56 06 22 82

Research field(s)

Tittle of the research:
Having an abortion beyond the legal limit of abortion on demand in France: conditions of
access and use of medicalized termination of pregnancy.

When a woman wants to end her pregnancy, the French legal framework enables her to do so
without any justification up to 14 weeks of amenorrhea. Once this time limit is over, three
possibilities remain: having a medicalized termination of pregnancy, having an abortion in a
foreign country, or continuing the pregnancy and then anonymously give birth or recognize the
filiation. These last three options do not respond to the abortion demand on the French
territory. By studying (1) the territorial and temporal extent and variations of this care
supply, demand and use, (2) the socio-demographic profile of women who have – or do not
have – an abortion, and (3) the dynamics at stake during the decision-making process and the
abortion procedure, this research focuses on women have a termination of pregnancy while being
excluded from the legal framework of abortion on demand in France. Several data types
(associative, administrative and medical) will be analysed with both qualitative and
quantitative methods, thus providing a broad understanding of this practice.

Abortion, Late abortion, Medicalized termination of pregnancy, Sexual and reproductive health
and rights