French lawmakers debate giving constitutional safety to abortion rights By Reuters


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PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers debated on Thursday whether or not to enshrine abortion rights within the structure, with MPs on the left and centre saying the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s overturning of a landmark ruling in June confirmed the necessity for brand spanking new steps.

Girls have had a authorized proper to abortion in France since a legislation adopted in 1974, and up to date a number of instances since, with the most recent modification in February extending entry to abortion to 14 weeks of being pregnant from 12.

Including it to the structure would additional shield this proper and make it tougher to overturn in France, stated La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) lawmaker Mathilde Panot.

“It goals to forestall any regression,” Panot instructed parliament. “We do not wish to give any probability to folks hostile to abortion and contraception rights.”

Abortion rights are extra broadly accepted in France than in america or some fellow EU nations. Some 83% of French persons are pleased with the truth that abortion is authorized, an Ifop ballot confirmed in July, 16 share factors greater than about 30 years in the past.

The identical ballot confirmed 81% again including the correct to abortion within the structure.

Lawmakers will vote on Thursday on a proposal put ahead by the left, and subsequent week by President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance social gathering, each of which might give a broad constitutional assure to abortion rights.

But the conservatives and much proper have been largely against it and lots of would solely think about giving extra weight to the 1974 legislation.

“Cease taking part in with fears of a reversal of abortion rights which you already know are not possible in France,” hard-right lawmaker Emmanuelle Menard stated.

However even when the decrease home of parliament, the place Renaissance is the largest social gathering, does vote one of many two proposals this week or subsequent, the trail to enshrining the correct to abortion within the structure won’t be straightforward.

With a purpose to change the structure, a invoice should be voted on in the identical phrases by the decrease home and the Senate.

The latter is managed by the correct and final month rejected a cross-party invoice geared toward constitutionalising the correct to abortion and contraception.

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