Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’S Abortion Law, Dies At 89

Advertisement Continue reading the main storyOpinion polls routinely showed Mrs. Veil to be one of the most admired people in France.
The abortion law, still known as the Veil Law, was one of the most divisive actions taken by the government of Mr. Giscard d’Estaing and his first prime minister, Jacques Chirac.
In 1954, Mrs. Veil passed the extremely competitive national examination to become a magistrate.
“I’m often asked what gave me the strength and will to continue the fight,” Mrs. Veil told an interviewer in 2005.
PhotoMrs. Veil, whose parents and brother died in the Holocaust, rejected the comparison of abortion to murder as absurd.

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