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Teenage pregnancy and reproductive politics in France

Corinne Nativel

in When children become parents

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346780
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0006
Teenage pregnancy and reproductive politics in France

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This chapter provides a discussion of teenage reproductive politics in France, which is understood herein as a field encompassing public attitudes, laws and measures towards teenage sexuality, pregnancy and parenthood. The chapter shows that the low incidence of teenage motherhood in France has been achieved in the absence of any targeted policy specifically designed to prevent births to teenagers. It appears that this phenomenon has been indirectly prevented through the comprehensive social policy framework that characterises France's republican version of the conservative-corporatist welfare regime. The chapter begins with a statistical and qualitative overview of the trends in teenage pregnancy and childbearing. The second section provides a conceptual framework for understanding teenage reproductive politics. The chapter then analyses sexual health policies and the development of reproductive rights. The fourth section reviews the social protection measures available to teenage mothers. The conclusion highlights some of the limitations in the provision made available to the stable core of female teenagers who have and are most likely to continue having children.

Keywords: France; social welfare; social policy; health policy; sexual behaviour; teenage pregnancy; adolescents

Chapter.  9118 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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