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French Senate rejects attempt to make abortion a constitutional right


A government bill to enshrine the right to abortion in the French constitution has been rejected by the country’s Senate.

An attempt by the French neoliberal government to add the right to abortion to the French constitution following the Roe vs. Wade decision was firmly rejected by the country’s Senate.

It comes after right-wing politicians in the country accused Macron’s government of using the abortion issue to distract from problems with illegal immigration to the country, which many have linked to rape, to the torture and murder of a 12-year-old French girl. Last week.

According to a report by Le FigaroWhile left-wing politicians have attempted to argue for constitutional change by arguing that abortion is now under threat in France and Europe following the US Supreme Court ruling, such an argument has failed. not convinced a majority of representatives.

Instead, the upper house chose to defeat the bill, with 172 votes against the pro-abortion resolution to 139 who voted to implement it.

“[There is] no reason to import into France a debate linked to American culture,” Agnès Canayer, a senator for the French Les Républicains party, reportedly said of the bill.

Another party representative said the senators were not “activists”, saying the bill enshrining the right to abortion in the constitution would be “obviously a bad law” given that abortion is already available free of charge in France.

If opposition to the practice exists in France, before the repeal of the Roe vs. Wadethe issue of abortion had largely faded from the country’s political consciousness, with the country’s right wing instead preoccupying itself with other issues it now finds more pressing.

As a result, an attempt by the Macron government to rekindle the idea that abortion is under threat in the country has been widely ridiculed by the country’s conservatives and populists, with the president accused of trying to divert attention from his inability to address illegal immigration and the cost of living crisis.

“The reality is that [the Macron government] makes a political diversion because it does not want us to focus on the main concerns of French people today and their difficulties, which are purchasing power, which are security, which are immigration out of control,” Le Pen said earlier this month. year regarding the issue.

The French political instigator went on to say that while there are people within his own party unhappy with the French abortion regime, it was not something the party was really focused on, and that even if she were put in government, any changes to the law on the matter would only come about through a referendum on the subject.

Even then, however, Le Pen said the party would be much more concerned with holding referenda on tougher rules on illegal immigration before even considering abortion.

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