Abortion rights: French parliament votes to include right in constitution

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Lawmakers in France’s lower house of parliament voted to include abortion rights in the country’s constitution, the first step in a lengthy legislative process.

The National Assembly voted with 337 legislators in favor and 32 against.

The measure was proposed in response to the recent US Supreme Court ruling to overturned Roe v Wadea case dating back to 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.

“This terrible regression shows that when it comes to women’s right to dispose of their bodies, nothing is ever certain,” the French proposal says, referring to the American case.

While abortion was decriminalized in France in 1975, there is nothing in the constitution that guarantees abortion rights.

“I am very moved by both this vote and the historic signal that the National Assembly has sent to all women in our country, but also to all women in the world,” said MP Mathilde Panot, leader of the left-wing France Unbowed group. .

The proposal must now be approved by the Senate and can be put to a nationwide referendum.

A recent opinion poll showed that more than 80% of the French population supports the right to abortion.

It is the beginning of a lengthy legislative process.

The right-wing Republicans currently hold the majority in the Senate and rejected a similar proposal in September.

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