40 years since abortion made legal in France
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On 17 January 1975 abortion became legal in France. The Veil law, named after the health minister of the time, Simone Veil, allowed women to terminate pregnancies legally, pushing a practice that was happening in secret into the open. Forty years later it remains a pillar of women's rights in France but abortion is still taboo in parts of the world and access to the service is not easy.