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French government proposes law to ban on-line efforts to discourage abortion

September 28, 2016

The French government has proposed legislation that would prohibit internet campaigns to dissuade women from having abortions.

The legislation would introduce criminal penalties of two years' imprisonment and fines of €30,000 ($33,000) for anyone who disseminated "inaccurate" information with the intent of persuading women not to abort their children.

The proposal is a response to a report that found a significant increase in the influence of pro-life internet sites "which significantly hinder access to reliable information and quality."

 
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  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2016 1:25 PM ET USA

    Another instance of taking away conscience protection from the French Catholics & other like minded citizens of a once-proud Catholic country.

  • Posted by: loumiamo - Sep. 29, 2016 12:40 PM ET USA

    If pro life sites do a better job in their keyword programming and thus show up more often in searches re abortion, then pro life info will crowd out the pro death message, and that is not acceptable, that cant be tolerated. All may be fair in love and war, but not when abortion is at stake. I guess the French govt didn't want to pay the search engines to cook the numbers when it could simply legislate the problem away. Why pay for a service they should get free from those on their same side?