The Sexes: The French Manifesto

In Paris last week, Surgeon Georges Thomeret talked to reporters and displayed a photograph of a dead woman. "She was 24 years old, married, and had a child of two. She had an abortion, done by her concierge. Voila: dead of septicemia [blood poisoning] because she could not afford $500 for a safe abortion in England. That is why I signed the manifesto, because of this woman and others like her."

The manifesto, issued last week and signed by 390 French doctors, makes bold demands on a nation that has successfully resisted even moderate abortion reform for half a century; it calls...

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