MPs want abortion rights inscribed into constitution — Analysis
Reacting to the US Supreme Court’s decision to roll back the constitutional protection for abortion, a group of French MPs from President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party moved to inscribe the right to abortion into the constitution.
The landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade decision was overturned by the US Supreme Court on Friday. This gave the states the authority to determine abortion rights. Many people around the globe were shocked by this ruling.
“What happened elsewhere must not happen in France,”Marie-Pierre Rixain is a Renaissance lawmaker.
Rixain explained to AP, that the amendment of France’s Constitution will permit future generations to have abortion rights cemented.
The Renaissance legislators stated that the proposed bill would allow them to make the law. “impossible to deprive a person of the right to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy.”
The US Supreme Court’s decision is “catastrophic for women around the world,” Aurore Berge, who leads Macron’s party group in the parliament, told France Inter radio.
“Women’s rights are still rights that are fragile and are regularly called into question,”Sie said.
France’s 1975 legislation guarantees abortion rights, however, Berge says they need stronger protections. “We don’t change the constitution like we change the law.”
Macron’s Ensemble! (Together) coalition, which includes the Renaissance party, lost its absolute majority in parliament after the election a week ago, with right-wing and leftist parties now expected to complicate the implementation of Macron’s domestic policies.
“The new MPs… especially from the National Rally [of Marine Le Pen] are fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion and I think that we shouldn’t take any chances in this matter,”Berge stated.
French Government will “strongly support this bill,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne tweeted. “For all women, for human rights, we must set this achievement in stone,” she said.
Macron considers abortion to be also legal “a fundamental right for all women”He tweeted that this must be preserved in response to US Supreme Court’s ruling.
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