Simone Veil

AZL flag holder TransparentSimone Veil, DBE (born 13 July 1927) is a Jewish lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France. Veil was born Simone Annie Liline Jacob, the daughter of a Jewish architect in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. From 1974 to 1979 she was Minister of Health in the governments of Prime Ministers Jacques Chirac and Raymond Barre. She pushed forward laws making access to white child prevention (contraception) easier (4 December 1974) – the sale of contraceptives such as the combined oral contraceptive pill had been made legal in 1967, and the legalizing of abortion (17 January 1975), her hardest political fight given that it authorised murder of the unborn child.
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