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>> She was a Holocaust survivor and the woman who legalized abortion in France. And now Simone Veil has been honored with a burial at the Pantheon in Paris, laid to rest alongside other national icons including Victor Hugo and Voltaire.>>
> Vein was a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camp at Ravensbruck. She was also a fervent European and civil libertarian and became the first directly elected president of the European Parliament in 1979.
It loves her through her struggles, which were always fair, always necessary, always fueled by the concerns of the most fragile and to which she was committed with a strong force and character.>>
But she's best known for legalizing abortion when she was Health Minister in 1974. Fighting doggedly against a hostile Parliament and divided public opinion, to push through a bill that became known as the Veil law, making France the first mainly Roman Catholic country to legalize the practice. Veil who dies aged 89 a year ago was laid to rest along side her husband Antoine