France approves home use ofmorning-after pill

23rd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 23 (AFP) - France on Friday authorised home use of the morning-after pill by women seeking to terminate pregnancies in the five weeks after conception.

PARIS, July 23 (AFP) - France on Friday authorised home use of the morning-after pill by women seeking to terminate pregnancies in the five weeks after conception.

Until now the pill has been available only in clinics or hospitals, but after the decree was signed by Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy women will be able to obtain it on prescription from a doctor.

"As time has passed we have come to the conclusion that hospitalisation is not necessary medically-speaking," Douste-Blazy said.

Some 220,000 abortions are performed every year in France, a third of them via the abortifacient drug Mifegyne. Surgical abortions can be carried out up to 12 weeks.

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