French Prime Minister Borne supports the inclusion of the right to abortion in the Constitution

By Nicolas Delame and Mimosa Spencer

PARIS, June 25 (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Saturday she supported a bill to enshrine the right to abortion in the country’s constitution.

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Friday to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade who recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide.

“For all women, for human rights, we must set this acquired right in stone,” Borne wrote on Twitter. “Parliament must be able to mobilize very strongly around this bill.”

Her comment came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said abortion was a “fundamental right for all women”.

The issue is propelled onto the French political scene at a time when the country is grappling with the challenge of a highly fragmented parliament.

Aurore Berge, leader of the Renaissance party in the National Assembly, said the party would draft a bill to add the right to abortion to the French constitution.

“In France, we guarantee and advance women’s rights. We protect them,” she said on Twitter. “As of today, with my Renaissance group, we are tabling a constitutional bill to protect access to abortion.”

Macron is under pressure to find compromises in the French parliament after a bitter electoral defeat last week that resulted in the loss of his absolute majority.

The president has since sought to reach out to political opponents, asking them to come up with ideas for the fragmented parliament to legislate.

MP Philippe Ballard, of the far-right Rassemblement National party, said his party had no intention of seeking to overturn abortion rights in France.

“We are not touching the Veil law,” he told France Inter radio, referring to French legislation on the right to abortion.

He said his party had voted against a proposal to extend abortion rights to 14 weeks from 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The Veil law, authorizing abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, was adopted in France in 1975. It was extended to 12 weeks in 2001 and then to 14 weeks in March this year.

(Reporting by Nicolas Delame and Mimosa Spencer; Editing by Mike Harrison)

Comments are closed.