‘We are delighted’: Since overturn of Roe v Wade, IPPF needed a ‘strong message for int’l community’



France’s Senate on Wednesday backed a government move to enshrine the “freedom” to have an abortion in the constitution which will now be voted on at a special congress. President Emmanuel Macron last year pledged to put the right to terminate a pregnancy — which has been legal in France since 1974 — into the constitution after the US Supreme Court in 2022 overturned the half-century-old right to the procedure, allowing states to ban or curtail abortion. Despite opposition from some conservative members, the upper chamber voted by 267 votes to 50 to back the constitutional change. The lower-house National Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favour of making abortion a “guaranteed freedom” in January, with almost all members of Macron’s centrist minority coalition as well as left-wing opposition parties approving it. Macron said he would call a special Congress session of the two chambers at Versailles palace on Monday for a final vote. Macron welcomed what he called a “decisive step” by the Senate in his announcement on X, the former Twitter. Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said France was on the verge of a “historic day” when it becomes “the first country in the world to protect in its constitution the freedom of women” to decide what happens to their bodies. The plan faced some opposition from right-wing senators and the government chose the expression “guaranteed freedom” as an apparent compromise between both houses. A survey by French polling company IFOP in November 2022 found 86 percent of French people supported making abortion a constitutional right. Now that abortion in France has become a constitutional ‘freedom’, FRANCE 24 is joined by Alice Ackermann, Communications Adviser at International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). She’s an expert in women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights.

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