The inclusion of abortion rights in the French constitution moved closer on Thursday.
A resolution to include a provision guaranteeing the right to an abortion in the country’s constitution was unanimously supported by centrist and leftist members of the National Assembly in a rare cross-party vote.
“The law guarantees the effectiveness and equal access to the right to voluntarily end a pregnancy,” the provision states.
The left-leaning La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party’s proposal was approved with 337 votes in favor, 32 against, and 18 abstentions.
“After the vote, Mathilde Panot, the party’s head, tweeted.
She said, “Today, France speaks to the world.
According to The Guardian, Sacha Houlié, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s moderate Renaissance party, also praised the “major move.”
He did, however, caution that the procedure would be drawn out.
He explained, “It’s simply the first step.
The Senate must now pass the legislation before being put to vote nationally.
Even though abortion was legal in France in 1975, there is no express guarantee of that right in the constitution.
Several lawmakers argued that the U.S. and France should move rapidly in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion.