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The Assembly votes in favor of the inclusion of the right to abortion in the Constitution

The National Assembly voted Thursday by a large majority in favor of including the right to abortion in the Constitution. The proposal of La France insoumise supported by the majority must now obtain the approval of the Senate.

The right to abortion soon integrated into the French Constitution? The National Assembly voted, Thursday, November 24, by a large majority in favor of the inclusion of the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy in the Basic Law, by adopting a proposal from La France insoumise (LFI) supported by the majority.

The deputies adopted by 337 votes against 32 a compromise text, in the hope of obtaining the approval of the Senate, essential for a constitutional reform.

LR and RN were divided between for, against and abstention. The president of the RN Marine Le Pen group supported the text. After the vote, the deputies from the left and from the presidential camp rose twice to applaud, while LR and RN remained seated.

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With this abortion protection text, included in the one-day program reserved for LFI in the hemicycle, it is a question of “preventing a regression” such as that which took place recently in the United States or elsewhere in Europe, pleaded the leader of the LFI group, Mathilde Panot.

Macronist Sacha Houlié, chairman of the Law Commission, welcomed a “big step”. “But this is only a first step,” he recalled, mentioning the need to convince the Senate.

The president of the Renaissance group Aurore Bergé withdrew a similar text, which was scheduled for Monday, to vote on this compromise of “the whole Assembly”.

Left and majority agreed at midday on a common formulation for the inclusion of the right to abortion in the Constitution, in its article 66: “The law guarantees the effectiveness and equal access to the right to ‘Abortion.”

Mathilde Panot welcomed a “historic victory”, which she dedicated to “American, Polish and Hungarian” women.

with AFP

France 24

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