Floriane, Renata and Alice all three resorted to one or more voluntary terminations of pregnancy. While this right was revoked in the United States on June 24, they testify today to La Dépêche du Midi of the importance of preserving this right in France.
“Twenty years ago, I had an abortion. I was 19 and had just been raped. I quickly discovered that this crime had resulted in a pregnancy.” Three weeks pregnant, Floriane quickly makes an appointment with her doctor who sends her to a gynecologist for a medical abortion. “It was unthinkable for me to keep the child of the man who had broken part of my life.”
“Psychologically complicated and physically painful”
A painful experience for this Tarnaise who had to wait several days before having access to it: “The law required a reflection period of 7 days between the first interview and the second during which abortion was authorized and prohibited. was traumatic to have to wait so long to be able to expel this embryo.”
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Thanks to the intervention of a psychologist with whom she has exchanged on several occasions, Floriane claims to have succeeded in drawing a line under this event. Now aged 39 and mother of three children, she refuses to hear pro-lifers deplore that abortion has become a trivial act: “Life means that I had to have an abortion a second time, a year ago. I was then with my current husband and the method of contraception we had chosen was not effective. I had a pregnancy that was neither planned nor wanted. I decided to have an abortion. It remains psychologically complicated and physically painful.”
In 2001, at age 26, Alice became pregnant. Under microdosed pill, it took several weeks to realize it: “I had artificial periods. I was tired and my chest had grown, but I let it drag.” It was not until her return from vacation that she decided to consult: “And there, it was very complicated. I made an appointment at the hospital for a consultation, but the problem was is that the medical secretary, to whom I had notified my desire to have an abortion, never registered me on the obstetrician’s schedule. When I showed up on the day of the appointment, no one received me .”
“He didn’t want kids and his friends told him to dump me”
This ride was repeated several times. “One day, I ended up calling my general practitioner. He contacted the hospital himself so that I could be received.” Problem: the 12-week period then passed: “The obstetrician and the psychologist all the same agreed to receive me urgently. They took enormous risks to allow me to have access to the intervention. Even today I thank them.”
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Enormous risks, Renata took some too. At 27, a few years before the Veil Law came into force, she became pregnant with the man who would become her first husband five months later: “He didn’t want children and his friends told him about me give it up. Me, I didn’t want to find myself a mother-daughter. She then finds a doctor who “gives her injections” which does not work. Renata asks those around her: “Many of my friends and colleagues had already had abortions. Around me, there was only that. And me, the day I started my sex life, I started to put aside just in case because I knew it was very expensive!” It was his colleague from the Treasury who gave him the name of a nurse who had gone to train in Switzerland.
Renata gets in touch: “I had an abortion in 1969, on a kitchen table, raw curettage, and I had to do it again 8 days later because I was expecting fraternal twins and he hadn’t noticed. I’m not telling you what that I endured.” An act she does not regret. In 1971, she gave birth to her only child: “Compared to what I had suffered on this kitchen table, it was like a letter to the Post Office.”