Excerpted from The Guardian 3.14.2019
French Health minister Agnes Buzyn calls protest about lack of medical insurance ‘taking women hostage’
A French gynaecologists’ union has threatened to halt pregnancy terminations in an attempt to force the country’s health minister to meet disgruntled doctors.
Health minister Agnès Buzyn (pictured below) and feminist organisations said the threat was “unacceptable” and amounted to “taking women hostage”.
The feminist organisation Osez le Féminisme tweeted: “Syngof threatens an abortion strike. They could have had a cervical smear strike, non? This from the same union which called abortion a homicide”.
The Syngof union wrote to its 1,600 members calling them to be prepared to stop carrying out abortions to “make ourselves heard” and force the government’s hand.
Syngof, which represents about a quarter of France’s gynaecologists and obstetricians, published the letter as a protest over what it claims is a lack of insurance funds for colleagues convicted of medical errors.
In a statement Buzyn wrote: “In no case should taking women hostage in this way be used as a lever for negotiations or for media coverage of an issue the department is following very closely.”