“Historic day”: France takes the first step to validate the right to abortion in the Constitution

The National Assembly of France ruled this Thursday, November 24 by a large majority for the constitutionalization of the right to abortion, which is considered a first stage to shield it.

The initiative, initially proposed by the left of La Francia Insumisa (LFI) and which was later agreed upon with the French president’s (liberal) Renaissance party, Emmanuel Macron was voted for by 337 deputies, compared to 32 against

He had the support of all progressive forces, the deputies of Macron’s party and his allies, as well as a large part of the conservatives.

For it to become part of the Constitution, the road is still difficult. The Senate must adopt it in the same terms in which it was approved in the Lower House and then Congress, which is the extraordinary meeting of deputies and senators, must endorse it with a three-fifths majority.

There is also the possibility of speeding up the process through a bill presented by the Government.

“It is a historic day that marks a fundamental stage for the right to abortion, for women to dispose of their bodies, full stop,” said the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti.

Mathilde Panot leader of the LFI ranks, pointed out that this vote is also a tribute to women from European countries such as Poland Y Hungary where the right to voluntary interruption to the pregnancy it is very restricted.

In France, abortion is currently authorized until the end of the 14th week of pregnancy.