France is taking the first steps to adopt abortion as a constitutional right


The text must be passed by the Senate, which has already rejected previous attempts, and put to a referendum before being incorporated into the Magna Carta.

The National Assembly of France has taken the first steps to include the right to abortion in the Constitution, following approval of a request by La France Insoumisa (LFI) that received the support of a large majority of the French lower house. The proposal received the support of 337 deputies — including those from the president’s Renaissance coalition, Emmanuel Macron — and the rejection of another 32 — mostly members of a divided National Group, led by the far-right Marine Le Pen.

Despite the approval of the National Assembly, the project has little chance of eventually being included in the Magna Carta, as it now has to go through several instances of the Senate, which has already rejected this possibility on previous occasions. Should the upper house change its mind and also give the green light to include abortion as a constitutional right, the issue will ultimately be referred to the entire population, which must vote in a referendum. “All this, in my opinion, has almost no chance of success given my talks with the senators,” said Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti, according to television channel BFMTV.

Already in 2018, Jean-Luc Melenchón, now leader of the LFI, unsuccessfully presented a proposal to constitutionally protect the right to abortion. After that attempt, these claims seemed to stagnate, which have now been reactivated after the United States Supreme Court in May repealed the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

This is the first time in the new French legislature that Renacimiento has supported a proposal from LFI. “The French would not understand that we are rejecting a proposal that we are defending because it was put forward by an opposition group,” Coalition Vice-President Sylvain Maillard said this week.

Source: La Verdad


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