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Dultimate straight line. The inclusion of abortion within the Constitution will probably be ratified throughout the Congress assembly subsequent Monday March 4 in Versailles. The two chambers of Parliament have been convened by Emmanuel Macron this Wednesday, February 28, following a historic vote within the Senate.

Despite the reluctance of sure senators from the precise and the middle, the chamber declared itself in favor of “guaranteed freedom” for voluntary termination of being pregnant, with out modifying the federal government textual content. The head of state welcomed a “decisive step”.

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Meeting of parliamentarians in Congress

After passing earlier than the National Assembly then the Senate, which should undertake the textual content phrase for phrase, a constitutional revision could be ratified by a referendum or an approval of the 2 chambers of Parliament assembly in Congress.

In the case of the inclusion of abortion within the Constitution, Emmanuel Macron determined to convene the Congress, Monday March 4 afternoon, in Versailles, 4 days earlier than International Women's Rights Day.

The Congress is convened at 3:30 p.m. within the hemicycle of the South wing of the Palace of Versailles. This place, totally different from the establishments, has ample reception capability for all 925 parliamentarians.

Initially, since 1958, the Congress meets for constitutional revisions, however, since 2008, two different circumstances can result in its convening by the President of the Republic: the accession of a State to the European Union or a speech by head of state.

A 3-fifths majority of Parliament required

A 3-fifths majority of the votes solid by parliamentarians is important to undertake a constitutional revision. In the case of the inclusion of the “guaranteed freedom” for girls to have recourse to an abortion in article 34 of the Constitution, the revision is past doubt in view of the successive votes of the 2 chambers.

In the National Assembly, on January 30, an awesome majority voted in favor, 493 votes for and 30 towards. On the facet of the Luxembourg Palace, it acquired the help of 267 votes, towards 50.

READ ALSO IVG within the Constitution: a reform of the symbolic orderThe Congress has solely met twice because the arrival of Emmanuel Macron, in 2017 and 2018. Each time, the President of the Republic had established the broad outlines of his coverage.

The final constitutional revision dates again to 2008. Nicolas Sarkozy introduced collectively the Congress on July 23 to modernize the establishments of the Ve Republic.