On 4 March 2024, France became the first country in the world to include the right to abortion in its constitution. Abortion has been legal in France since 1975 but parliamentarians voted to revise the country’s 1958 constitution to enshrine women’s “guaranteed freedom” to abort.

Our selection of documents available at La Médiathèque offers an opportunity to learn about how women’s lives have been impacted by the long struggle to get abortion recognised in France.


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