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France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic.

A general view shows the hemicycle as French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve delivers a speech outlining his new government program at the National Assembly in Paris, France, on Dec. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship.

But the law will be so broadly worded that…

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