The French parliament will soon debate new legislation that seeks to liberalize abortion laws by extending the legal period for abortion to 12 weeks. In 1975, France legalized abortions within the first ten weeks of pregnancy. The proposed legislation would curb the large numbers of women, estimated at least 5,000, who each year have to leave France to seek abortions in countries that hold more progressive abortion laws, i.e. Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands. Girls under the age of 18 would have access to abortion without parental consent under the new legislation.