France bans abortion after first trimester when enshrining practice in constitution

France became the first country in the world to enshrine rights to abortion in its constitution, but in the same stroke outlawed abortion after 14 weeks.

NPR reports that the measure was approved 780-72. While abortion had already been legalized in the country since 1974, French President Emmanuel Macron sought to bake it into the constitution after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

"I made a commitment to make women's freedom to have an abortion irreversible by inscribing it in the constitution," Macron said on X after the Senate voted to adopt the bill last Wednesday.

Article 34 of the French Constitution will be amended to say "the law determines the conditions by which is exercised the freedom of women to have recourse to an abortion, which is guaranteed."

The move was criticized by right-wing politicians in parliament only for being pointless, however, the morality of abortion is for the most part not questioned from any side.

"It serves no purpose, because no political movement is questioning abortion," said Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Rally party. She voted to approve the measure.

recent poll in France found 90 percent of respondents support the right to an abortion and 86 percent want to see it in the constitution.

The move has been celebrated by pro-abortionists, even though the time limit for elective abortion has been set at 14 weeks. 

As a stark contrast, a proposed 15-week federal ban in the US sent pro-abortionists in America into a frenzy.

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