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A demonstration by the feminist collective #NousToutes, in front of the Senate, in Paris, February 1, 2023.

Congress or the “shuttle”? The Senate decides, Wednesday February 28, within the afternoon, on the inclusion within the Constitution of a “guaranteed freedom” of abortion for girls. The proper and its centrist ally, within the majority on the Palais du Luxembourg, maintain the important thing to a vote that’s nonetheless undecided. To convene the Congress – maybe on March 4 in Versailles – the textual content should be voted in conformity, to the closest decimal level, with that issued by the National Assembly on January 30. Otherwise, he’ll depart within the route of the Palais-Bourbon within the “parliamentary shuttle”.

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However, some senators from the Les Républicains (LR) get together are cautious of the phrase “guarantee”. This is the case of Philippe Bas (Manche). In February 2023, at first studying, the Senate narrowly authorized its authorized formulation. Since then, the federal government has added to “the freedom of a woman to terminate her pregnancy” the notion of ” guarantee “, to fulfill a requirement from the left. Monday February 26, Philippe Bas tabled an modification to return to the lowered idea of ” freedom “. “This wording brings profound ambiguity because it retroacts the other rights and freedoms recognized by the Constitution, but which are not followed by the term “guarantee””, argues the previous president of the legislation committee (2014-2020), fearing that the wording chosen by the federal government opens the best way to a “enforceable right” to voluntary termination of being pregnant (abortion).

Leader of LR senators, Bruno Retailleau tabled one other modification so as to introduce a conscience clause for medical doctors who refuse to carry out abortions. Like the President (LR) of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, the elected official from Vendée additionally defends the concept the Constitution “should not be a catalog of social and societal rights”, and minimizes any risk to abortion in France. Personally, Mr. Retailleau will vote in opposition to its inclusion within the Constitution, however he says he isn’t attempting to impose his line on his group.

Strong social stress

If the topic is of excessive authorized depth, its notion in public opinion is far more binary. Voting in opposition to Wednesday means taking the danger of showing hostile to abortion. Before the vote within the National Assembly, Eric Ciotti had warned in a bunch assembly: “Let us keep away from, on the finish of the controversy, discovering ourselves within the camp of the out-of-date anti-abortionists. » Open on a societal stage, the president of LR and deputy for Alpes-Maritimes had voted for, like thirty-eight of his colleagues – fifteen have been in opposition to.

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