France moves closer to make abortion a constitutional right


French lawmakers on Thursday came close to enshrining abortion rights in the country’s constitution.

In a rare cross-party vote, center and left members of the country’s National Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to add a clause to the constitution to guarantee the right to abortion.

The article states: “The law guarantees effective and equal access to the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy.”

The measure, proposed by the left-wing La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, passed by 337 votes in favor, 32 against, with 18 abstentions.

“win over!” Party leader Mathilde Bannot tweeted after the vote. “Today, France is speaking to the world,” she added.

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Sacha Holly, of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party Renaissance, also celebrated the “big move,” according to The Guardian. But he also warned that the process would be long. “It’s just a first step.” He said.

The measure now needs to be approved by the Senate, then sent to a nationwide referendum.

People gather outside the National Assembly, in Paris, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

Although abortion was decriminalized in France in 1975, nothing in the constitution explicitly guarantees this right.

Several lawmakers said the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade – the 1973 ruling guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion – showed France had to act quickly.

By introducing abortion rights into the constitution, France will become a A pioneer in the field of women’s rights,Banot said, according to Reuters.

“We don’t want to give any chance to people who are against abortion and against contraceptive rights,” she added.

With News Wire services

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