The Law: L' Affaire Marie-Claire

Mme. Michele Chevalier, a $300-a-month subway worker in Paris, was deserted 15 years ago and left with three young girls to raise. When her unmarried 16-year-old daughter Marie-Claire became pregnant, Mme. Chevalier resolved that an abortion was essential. Neither she nor her own mother had been married, said Mme. Chevalier, and she had no desire to force Marie-Claire "to relive my martyrdom."

French doctors willing to perform the illegal operation commonly charge $900 or more; a trip to London or Geneva for a legal abortion would cost at least $600. Two friends sent Mme....

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