France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

Source: RNS

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic.

The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship.

But the law will be so broadly worded that abortion rights activists could sue websites that promote alternatives to ending a pregnancy or discuss abortion’s possible psychological effects.

The French National Assembly, or lower house of Parliament, and the Senate have taken the first steps toward creating the new crime and the final bill to do so should be passed into law by February.

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