Simone Veil

Simone Veil was Minister for Health (1974 – 1979), during which she introduced the law to legalize abortion in 1975. She was elected first female President of the European Parliament (1979 -1982) and Minister of State for Social Affairs (1993-1995). In 1998, aged 70, she received an honorary damehood (DBE) from the British government for her contributions to humanity.

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