France makes abortion a constitutional right

France makes abortion a constitutional right

France makes abortion a constitutional right

The French parliament has given its approval to groundbreaking legislation that seeks to incorporate a woman’s entitlement to terminate her pregnancy into the country’s constitution. This unprecedented measure sets France apart as the only nation to afford such comprehensive safeguards for the right to abortion.

The parliamentary session held at the Palace of Versailles concluded on Monday, as the legislators gave their approval to the legislation that enshrines a woman’s right to abortion in the French constitution.

Consequently, France will become the sole nation globally to explicitly safeguard the right to terminate a pregnancy within its fundamental legal provisions.

What alteration is being implemented?

France makes abortion a constitutional right

In response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision to roll back abortion rights in 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron made a promise.

The Elysee Palace has put forth a proposal to amend Article 34 of the French constitution. The proposed amendment states that “the law determines the conditions under which women have the freedom to seek an abortion, which is protected.”

Macron’s government intends to establish the “irreversibility of a woman’s right to have an abortion.” Following the vote, Macron emphasized that France was conveying a “universal message” by advocating for abortion rights.

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Why is this happening now?

France makes abortion a constitutional right

The National Assembly, the lower house of parliament in France, has overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that guarantees the freedom of abortion. Last week, the Senate, the upper house, also approved the same amendment.

Both chambers of Congress assembled at Versailles, successfully attaining the three-fifths supermajority needed for a constitutional amendment.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal addressed the gathering, stating, “When we want to undermine the freedoms of a nation, we always begin with the rights of women.”

“Our freedoms are inherently under threat. They are inherently fragile, vulnerable to the decisions made by others.”

Initially, the bill faced opposition in the right-leaning Senate. None of the major political parties represented in parliament have challenged the right to abortion, a decriminalization enacted in France in 1975.

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Vatican and French bishops resist proposed bill

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade triggers widespread discussions. Wade’s ruling, which acknowledged the constitutional right of women to have an abortion, has sparked a movement among activists in France to push for a similar constitutional change.

Regrettably, this is not an isolated incident. The bill’s introduction acknowledges that there are currents of thought in many countries, including Europe, that aim to impede women’s freedom to choose to terminate their pregnancy.

In response to this, the Vatican has once again voiced its opposition to the proposed change, echoing the concerns already expressed by French Catholic bishops.

“The Pontifical Academy for Life emphasizes that in an era of universal human rights, there can be no ‘right’ to end a human life,” stated the Vatican institution.

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