France moves closer to landmark legislation

The National Assembly has voted to enshrine the right to terminate a pregnancy

The National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, voted on Thursday to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution.

French women have had the right to voluntarily terminate their pregnancies since 1974, but lawmakers are worried that access to abortion could be potentially curtailed in the future, especially following the introduction of additional restrictions in some US states and EU countries.

The bill, which now has to pass the conservative-dominated Senate, would amend the constitution in order to “guarantee the effectiveness and equal access to the right of the voluntary interruption of a pregnancy.” 

“Our country is speaking to the world,” Mathilde Panot, an MP from the left-wing La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, said, arguing that the measure was necessary to “prevent the regression” of women’s rights.

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Source:: RT All