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Interruption volontaire de grossesse : quelle prise en charge pour les femmes hors délai ?

Abstract : Decriminalizing abortion, the Veil Law was passed in 1974. But nearly fifty years after this major breakthrough -acknowledging the right to abortion-, a good number of French women still have to go abroad in order to get an abortion after the legal time limit. And those who cannot afford it do not have the option to end their pregnancy.
This dissertation intends to reflect on the many ethical issues raised by these facts, and to ask the following question: how to deal with requests for termination of pregnancy coming from women who are already beyond the legal time limit?
Analyzing the medical files of nineteen patients who have undergone therapeutic abortion for psycho-social reasons at the Saint-Denis hospital (France) has enabled us to bring to light the complexity of certain situations, clearly indicating that to certain women in specific circumstances, the legal time limit of 14 weeks of amenorrhea is not enough.
It then becomes logical to question the grounds of the current legal limit by looking into the ethical stakes involved in an extension or a withdrawal of this limit. The support of the medical staff faced with this kind of individual procedure plays a key role in the positive response to late requests for abortion. This support can be gained through training courses and the development of a reassuring frame able to soothe fears, particularly the fear of a raise of abortion numbers and of the rise of litigious patterns of practice and requests. Finally, one of the other issues that help fuel the misgivings about a limit extension is the fetus's status. So, it appears necessary to seek ways to implement fairer, more realistic and more sustainable solutions.
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Océance Caraës. Interruption volontaire de grossesse : quelle prise en charge pour les femmes hors délai ?. Santé publique et épidémiologie. 2019. ⟨dumas-03138864⟩



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