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Code of Public Health, Article L.2212-8

(Code de la santé publique, Art. L.2212-8)

". . . allows medical physicians to invoke a 'conscience clause' on the basis of which they may refuse to perform an abortion. However, they are obliged to inform the woman seeking abortion without delay of their intention to invoke the clause."*

*Precis in English from EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, Opinion No. 4-2005: The Right to Conscientious Objection and the Conclusion by EU Member States of Concordats with the Holy See (14 December, 2005), p. 11