France’s Emmanuel Macron Plans To Enshrine Abortion Rights In The Constitution

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In an online post, Emmanuel Macron said a draft project would be submitted to the State Council, France’s highest administrative court, this coming week to make abortion rights constitutional by the end of the year.

“In 2024, the right of women to choose abortion will become irreversible,” he said.

The announcement follows a promise Macron made on March 8, International Women’s Day, which was seen as a response to the overturning of federal abortion rights in the United States last year.

Fondé sur le travail des parlementaires et des associations, le projet de loi constitutionnelle sera envoyé au Conseil d’État cette semaine et présenté en Conseil des ministres d’ici la fin de l’année.

En 2024, la liberté des femmes de recourir à l’IVG sera irréversible. https://t.co/4uSoIJu310

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 29, 2023

Constitutional revision in France requires either a referendum or approval by at least three-fifths of the members of both chambers of parliament united in a congress.

Most constitutional changes in post-war France have been approved by congressional vote.

The termination of a pregnancy was decriminalized in France in 1975, and successive laws have since aimed at improving conditions for abortions, notably by protecting the health and anonymity of women, as well as reducing the financial burden of the procedure on women.

A November 2022 opinion poll found that 89 percent of respondents were in favor of making abortion rights constitutional.

According to government figures, 234,000 abortions were carried out in France last year.