The Renaissance group in the National Assembly will table a constitutional bill aimed at sanctuarizing the right of access to voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion), announced Saturday its leader in the National Assembly, Aurore Bergé.
The leader of the Renaissance group (ex-LREM) in the Assembly, Aurore Bergé, announced on Saturday June 25 the filing of a bill to include “respect for abortion in our Constitution”, after the decision landmark of the United States Supreme Court to revoke this right.
Beyond the United States, this decision is “catastrophic for women in the world: you have a woman who dies every 9 minutes because an abortion has been carried out badly, in an unsafe way”, underlined on France Inter the new president of the majority group in the Assembly.
“This also calls for us to take measures in France so that tomorrow we cannot have any reversals that could exist. This is the reason why, starting today, with my group, we are going to submit a proposal for constitutional law to include respect for abortion in our Constitution”, added the elected representative of Yvelines, an ex-LR with a feminist commitment.
“Women’s rights are always rights that are fragile”
She had notably strongly defended the extension in France of the legal deadline for abortion, voted at the end of the previous legislature. Does she fear a challenge in France? “Unfortunately, nothing is impossible and women’s rights are always rights which are fragile and which are regularly called into question”, replied Aurore Bergé.
Pointing to the new RN deputies, “fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion”, she judged that it was not necessary to “take any risk in this area and therefore secure (the right to abortion) in l ‘inscribed in the marble of our Constitution’.
The FN (now RN) was for a long time radically anti-abortion. In 2011, Marine Le Pen reiterated her wish to de-reimburse abortion, then advocated the status quo on the subject, presenting herself as the first defender of women’s rights.
The boss of the LREM deputies insisted: “We do not change the Constitution as we change the law” so “it is a guarantee that we must give to women”. She believes that the measure will be “widely shared on the benches of the National Assembly and the Senate”. His bill, sent to AFP, stipulates that “no one can be deprived of the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy”.
“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women”
Friday evening, the leader of the rebellious deputies, Mathilde Panot, had also announced that she would propose on Monday to the left alliance Nupes “to file a bill to include the right to abortion in the French Constitution”.
The very conservative Supreme Court of the United States on Friday buried a judgment which, for nearly half a century, guaranteed the right of American women to abortion but had never been accepted by the religious right. In the wake of the decision, several American states have already announced that they are taking measures to prohibit voluntary terminations of pregnancy on their territory.
In France, the decision has reacted to many politicians, from left to right. Emmanuel Macron regretted the “questioning” of women’s freedoms, stressing that “abortion is a fundamental right for all women”.
With AFP and Reuters