A group of lawmakers belonging to French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party are to propose a bill to enshrine the right to abortion in the country’s constitution, following Friday’s ruling by the US Supreme Court which struck down abortion legislation as a constitutional right.
The move, announced by two lawmakers on Saturday, comes after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 50-year-old ruling and removed constitutional abortion protections for women.
The right to abortion in France is already enshrined in a law of 1975 on the voluntary termination of pregnancy in the legal framework which has decriminalized abortion.
A constitutional law will cement the right to abortion for future generations, said Marie-Pierre Rixain, an MP for Macron’s new Renaissance party.
“What happened elsewhere should not happen in France,” Rixain said.
What happens elsewhere must not happen in 🇫🇷!
We must protect the right to#abortion for future generations
— Marie-Pierre Rixain (@RixainMP) June 25, 2022
Constitutional protection for women
According to the press release issued by two deputies of the National Assembly, the bill will include a provision that would make it “impossible to deprive a person of the right to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy”.
Aurore Berge, leader of Macron’s party group in parliament, said the US Supreme Court’s decision to revoke the right to abortion is “catastrophic for women around the world”.
“We need to take action in France today so that we don’t have a reversal of existing laws tomorrow,” Berge said in an interview with public radio. France Inter Saturday.
Macron’s party and his centrist alliance have the most seats in the National Assembly, although it lost its majority in legislative elections last Sunday as voters opted for far-right and far-right parties left.
In a deeply polarized political climate, Berge said French lawmakers should not take risks on fundamental rights even if they are already enshrined in law.
“Women’s rights are still fragile and regularly challenged rights,” Berge said. She added, “We don’t change the constitution like we change the law.” *
Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. He must be protected. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States.
—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 24, 2022
Macron expressed his solidarity with women in the United States following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a ruling nearly half a century old historic decision this will likely lead to abortion bans in about half of the states.
Macron said women’s freedoms were undermined by the decision.
“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It must be protected, ”wrote the French president in a Twitter post on Friday evening.