November 29, 2022

French lawmakers approve bill enshrining abortion rights in the constitution


/ France Women’s rights

Issued on: 24/11/2022 – 16:47


Lawmakers applaud after a vote to enshrine abortion rights in the constitution, at the National Assembly in Paris, on November 24, 2022. © Sarah Meyssonier, Reuters French lawmakers voted on Thursday to enshrine abortion rights in the constitution, with MPs on the left and centre saying the US Supreme Court’s overturning of a landmark ruling in June showed the need for new steps.

The vote in the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, marks only the first step on the path to enshrining the right to abortion in the constitution.

In order to change the constitution, a bill must be voted on in the same terms by the lower house and the Senate.

The latter is controlled by the right and last month rejected a cross-party bill aimed at constitutionalising the right to abortion and contraception.

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