Anamaria Vartolomei, left, and Sandrine Bonnaire in a scene from “Happening,” whose depiction of a 1960s back-street abortion in France has struck a chord with viewers worldwide. “Happening,” which will be released in the United States on May 6, has also fed into larger debates in France around the perception of abortion. (IFC Films via The New York Times)

A film has women sharing their stories of abortion in France

Following the release of ‘Happening,’ about an illegal abortion in 1963, the country’s contemporary stigma around the procedure is facing scrutiny.