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article imageFrench taxpayers on the hook to pay for 100% of abortion costs

By Andrew Moran     Oct 3, 2012 in Politics
Paris - As part of the social security reforms in the socialist government's budget proposal, the nation of France may offer women free abortions and have the taxpayers pay for 100 percent of the abortion when the women cannot afford it.
The French government unveiled Monday its reforms that would have the state, or taxpayers, cover the entire cost of abortions, according to Agence-France Presse. Full reimbursement was placed in the 2013 social security budget.
Furthermore, President Francois Hollande promised to make abortion available in every major hospital in France. In addition to the government covering the full costs, clinics will now be allowed to increase the price of carrying out abortions in order to improve patient support and the government has ordered to have the expenditure in check with actual costs.
Previously, French women were only permitted to claim back between 70 percent and 80 percent of the procedure. Abortions are allowed on request for up to the 12th week of pregnancy and were introduced nearly 40 years ago. This practice has wide support in most political parties in the country.
It is estimated that the reforms will cost the taxpayers 31.7 million euros ($40.2 million) in the first year.
The news has made its way into the American political discourse.
Wesley J. Smith of the National Review criticized the country’s decision, considering France is in financial calamity. Economic Collapse News reported the government is facing a national debt, which is 85.8 percent of its GDP, the deficit was 7.1 percent of the GDP in 2010 and public spending accounted for 56 percent a year ago.
“France plans to make abortion free in the near future. Currently, women terminating pregnancies have a co-payment. With that country’s finances going down the red ink drain, adding even a little to the nation’s costs might seem an odd choice. But other agendas are at work,” wrote Smith. “That will happen here too eventually if Obamacare isn’t repealed. Indeed, I imagine the president and HHS Secretary Sebelius would like nothing more."
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