Abortion: Aurore Bergé wants to enshrine this right in the Constitution
The leader of LREM deputies Aurore Bergé announced on Saturday the tabling of a bill to include “respect for abortion in our Constitution”, after the historic decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to revoke this right. .
Beyond the United States, this decision is “catastrophic for women in the world: you have a woman who dies every 9 minutes because an abortion has been performed badly, in an unsafe way”, underlined on France Inter the new president of the majority group in the Assembly.
“This also calls for us to take measures in France so that tomorrow we cannot have any reversals that could exist. This is the reason why, starting today, with my group, we are going to submit a proposal for constitutional law to include respect for abortion in our Constitution”, added the elected representative of Yvelines, an ex-LR with a feminist commitment.
She had notably strongly defended the extension in France of the legal deadline for abortion, voted at the end of the previous legislature.
Does she fear a challenge in France? “Unfortunately, nothing is impossible and women’s rights are always rights which are fragile and which are regularly called into question”, replied Aurore Bergé.
Pointing to the new RN deputies, “fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion”, she judged that it was not necessary to “take any risk in this area and therefore secure (the right to abortion) in l ‘inscribed in the marble of our Constitution’.
“Our responsibility is to do everything so that compromises exist and that our country is not blocked.
This is a moment of truth for our opposition: can we move forward on what should be a consensus, such as the reindexing of pensions on inflation? @France Inter pic.twitter.com/kde4pIoAzz
— Aurore Bergé (@auroreberge) June 25, 2022
The FN (now RN) was for a long time radically anti-abortion. In 2011, Marine Le Pen reiterated her wish to de-reimburse abortion, then advocated the status quo on the subject, presenting herself as the first defender of women’s rights.
A guarantee for women
The boss of the LREM deputies insisted: “We do not change the Constitution as we change the law” so “it is a guarantee that we must give to women”. She believes that the measure will be “widely shared on the benches of the National Assembly and the Senate”.
His bill, sent to AFP, stipulates that “no one can be deprived of the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy”.
Friday evening, the leader of the Insoumis deputies Mathilde Panot had also announced that she would propose on Monday to the left alliance Nupes “to file a bill to include the right to abortion in the French Constitution”.
The very conservative Supreme Court of the United States on Friday buried a judgment which, for nearly half a century, guaranteed the right of American women to abortion but had never been accepted by the religious right.
In the wake of the decision, several American states have already announced that they are taking measures to prohibit voluntary terminations of pregnancy on their territory.
In France, the decision has reacted to many politicians, from left to right.
Emmanuel Macron regretted the “questioning” of women’s freedoms, stressing that “abortion is a fundamental right for all women”.
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