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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

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Preface to Abortion: A Law on Trial. The Bobigny Affair

Preface to Abortion: A Law on Trial. The Bobigny Affair

(p.223) Preface to Abortion: A Law on Trial. The Bobigny Affair
Feminist Writings
Marybeth Timmermann
University of Illinois Press

On the exterior, this book resembles many others. It is, however, absolutely unusual. Never before have the proceedings of an abortion trial been brought to the public’s knowledge. The Choisir [To Choose] Association has decided to publish them in their entirety because these proceedings are not like any previous proceedings. It was not Ms. Chevalier who was being judged, but the law in whose name she appeared before the court. Women and men took the witness stand one after the other in order to indict a law which makes France appear as one of the most backward countries of our time, a law which is radically divorced from the collective conscience and from the facts since it is broken each year by close to a million French women. “When the daily practice in a country gets too far away from the jurisdiction, there is a major danger to the balance and general mental health of this collectivity,” Judge Casamayor has rightly written....

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