The right to abortion soon in the Constitution after a majority vote of the National Assembly?

Author: Clark Tos
2022-11-25 16:28:02

This Thursday, November 24, the National Assembly voted in favor of a constitutional bill LFI, aimed at enshrining the right to abortion in the French Constitution.

Recently, several countries have questioned the right to abortion . This was particularly the case on June 24, when the United States decided to no longer guarantee the right to abortion at the federal level in the country. A regressive decision that shocked the whole world.

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While several countries are questioning the right to abortion, France is taking a step forward. This Thursday, November 24, the National Assembly voted in favor of the registration of the right to Abortion in the Constitution. After five hours of discussions on the subject, the proposed constitutional law received 337 votes in favor and 32 against. Applause and an ovation resounded in the hemicycle.

Include the right to abortion in the Constitution

Including the right to abortion in the French Constitution would make it possible to “prevent a regression” , as was the case with United States . Although this debate was deemed unnecessary by the right and the far right, claiming that the right to abortion was not threatened in France, the vote took place anyway.

The LFI proposal was supported by the majority and a common wording was adopted to bring this measure into the Constitution: “The law guarantees the effectiveness and equal access to the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy. »

According to Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group, this vote is 'historical' .

“The Assembly speaks to the world, our country speaks to the world” , she said, dedicating her text to women in the United States, Poland and Hungary, where the right to abortion has been questioned.

Have the approval of the Senate

This vote in the National Assembly is a first step, but there is still a long way to go because the text will also have to be voted on in the Senate. However, the Senate's agreement is not guaranteed because at the end of October, a majority of senators voted against this proposal, with 172 votes against and 139 for.

“Most of our parliamentarians judged that there was no need to include the right to abortion in the Constitution , said Hervé Marseille, the boss of centrist senators. I don't see why they would change their minds in a few weeks. »

The agreement of the Senate is however essential for a constitutional reform. The two assemblies must vote in favor of the bill before it is submitted to a referendum to include the right to abortion in the Constitution. To be continued…

Source : New Obs