France’s Highest Court Prohibits “Morning-After Pills” At School

In a severe setback to women’s reproductive rights, France’s highest administrative court overruled a decision that had permitted the distribution of “morning-after pills” at schools. In November of last year, Deputy Education Minister Segolene Royal allowed high schools to hand out the Norvelo pill. The Norvelo pill can be used 36 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. France had become the first country that authorized the dispensing of the pill and drew vehement criticism from the Catholic Church.


New York Times, 1 July 2000

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