Maternity

Are there “two conscience clauses” for abortion in French law?

On January 17, 2017 the French High Council for Equality between men and women (HCE) published a report on the measures taken in the past 3 years to facilitate access to abortion. Out of the 35 recommendations made by the HCE at the end of 2013, the government has...

Demographic results: the end of the French exception?

The trend reversal observed for demographics in 2015 continued in 2016, tallying even lower birth rates in 2016 (with only 785,000 births, meaning a decrease by 14,000). The average fertility rate continues to drop to 1.93 children per woman (compared to 1.96 in 2015,...

Increasing number of childless European women

As reported in a recent study dated January 11, 2017 by the French National Institute of Demographic Studies (“INED”), the proportion of childless women in Europe is still increasing since one out of 7 European women have not given birth. The word infertility is used...