№ 518, January 2015
Recourse to abortion is decreasing, but repeat abortions are more frequent
Magali Mazuy, Laurent Toulemon, Elodie Baril
Forty years ago, on 17 January 1975, the Veil Law was passed, authorizing
abortion in France. It was made permanent in 1979 and subsequent
amendments have made access to abortion easier: reimbursement by
the health insurance system in 1982, less restrictive conditions
of access and a lengthening of the legal deadline for abortion in
2001. The notifications completed by physicians for each abortion
provide a means to analyse changes in behaviour over time.
№ 519, February 2015
Why is intercountry adoption declining worldwide?
In 2013, there were three times fewer adoptions worldwide than
in 2003. Moreover, most internationally adopted children now have
“special needs”, which means that they are relatively
old, are with siblings, or have a disability. This article looks
at the causes and consequences of declining intercountry adoption
over the last decade, in France and across the world.
№ 520, March 2015
France and the United Kingdom: demographic stability on the continent, stop-and-go across the Channel
Metropolitan France (i.e. mainland France and Corsica) is the third
most populous European Union country, behind Germany and the United
Kingdom (UK). The populations of metropolitan France and the United
Kingdom have been of similar size for the last 20 years (nearly
65 million in 2015) and have been increasing at virtually the same
pace. This means that the two regularly swap places as the European
Union’s second largest country. But as Gilles Pison explains,
the sources of population growth in the two countries are not the
№ 521, April 2015
First cohabiting relationships: recent trends in France
Wilfried Rault, Arnaud Régnier-Loilier
In the 1960s, couples rarely lived together without being married.
Since then, premarital cohabitation and consensual unions have become
more widespread, although marriage has by no means disappeared.
Drawing upon a recent survey whose initial findings are presented
here, Wilfried Rault and Arnaud Régnier-Loilier reveal how
young people today experience their first cohabiting relationship,
and look at how behaviours have changed over time.
№ 522, May 2015
Can environmental migrations be measured?
Jacques Véron, Valérie Golaz
In recent years, extreme events have triggered considerable population
mobility. Rising sea levels and ever more frequent natural disasters
are raising concerns about an increase in “environmental”
or “climate” migration. But can such migration be measured?
Jacques Véron and Valérie Golaz take a closer look at
№ 523, June 2015
What is the link between mothers’ level of education and low birthweight?
Lidia Panico, Maxime Tô, Olivier Thévenon
Mothers with a low level of education or from a disadvantaged background
have low birthweight babies more often than other women, and low
birthweight is itself linked to a risk of ill-health in childhood
and even in adult life. Using data from the Elfe child cohort study,
which is following the lives of 18,000 children born in 2011, Lidia
Panico, Maxim Tô and Olivier Thévenon explore the relationship
between family socioeconomic status and newborn health.
№ 524, July-August 2015
A majority of people would prefer to die at home, but few actually do so
Sophie Pennec, Joëlle Gaymu, Françoise Riou, et al.
Most people would prefer to die in their own bed, but in fact only
a quarter of deaths occur in the home. The “Fin de vie en
France” [End of life in France] survey follows the residential
and medical trajectories of patients up to their death. In cases
of non-sudden death, 45% of persons are living at home four weeks
before they die. The most frequent pattern is a move from home to
hospital before death (30%); just 14% remain at home throughout
the last month of life. A transfer back home from hospital is much
less frequent (2%). The complexity of treatment often makes home
care unfeasible, so a hospital transfer is inevitable. This is the
reason most frequently given for not respecting the patient’s
wish to die at home.