CNA Staff, Oct 8, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- A bill extending the abortion time limit from 12 to 14 weeks and restricting conscientious objection passed its first reading Thursday in France’s National Assembly.

The lower house of the country’s parliament backed the proposed law Oct. 8 by 102 votes to 65.

Abortion was legalized in France up to 10 weeks in 1975. The time limit was extended to 12 weeks in 2001.

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