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A tribute to immigrants, one year after the ‘avoided’ channel tragedy

Lawmakers from the left-leaning La France-Ansumise party and the ruling centrist coalition agreed Thursday on the wording of the new clause, which was then put to a bigger vote.

“The law guarantees validity and equal access to the right to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy,” reads the proposed constitutional addition to Article 66.

It was passed by the National Assembly by a majority (337 to 32 against), but requires confirmation by the Senate.

“This is a big step … but it’s only the first,” said centrist Sascha Hooley of Macron’s Renaissance party.

The initiative was fueled by this year’s explosive U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Americans’ national right to dismissal proceedings.

In Europe, the conservative Polish government also severely restricts abortion rights.

LFI MP Mathilde Pannot said the move was needed in France to “defend against setbacks”.

In her speech before Congress, she quoted the late French author and women’s rights activist Simone de Beauvoir.

“It only takes a political, economic or religious crisis for women’s rights to become an issue,” she said.

The deal is a rare example of cooperation between the far-left LFI and the centrist allies of President Emmanuel Macron, who no longer hold a majority in parliament.

An earlier attempt to enshrine the rights of abortion and contraception in alternative terms was rejected by the conservative-dominated Senate in October.

Many conservative and Catholic politicians have expressed concern, thinking it was unnecessary given the legal protections already in place.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said in a statement this week, “It seems completely misplaced to start a debate that exists in the United States but not in France.”

“No political group would ever consider questioning access to abortion,” she said.

Congressional records initially showed Le Pen voted in favor of the change on Thursday, but were later amended to reveal she was not present at the vote. Her spokesperson said this was due to a medical problem. Her party and right-wing Republicans abstained.

Abortion was legalized in France in 1974, a law upheld by women’s rights icon Simone Bert, Minister of Health, when she died in 2018, and was given a rare burial at the Pantheon by President Macron. was given an honor.



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