Macron calls to add abortion and climate protection to EU Charter

AFP - [email protected] • 19 Jan, 2022 Updated Wed 19 Jan 2022 13:00 CEST
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French President Emmanuel Macron said he would push for the right to have an abortion and environmental protection enshrined in the EU charter. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron told the EU Parliament that he would seek to enshrine the right to abortion and environmental protection into the EU charter.


French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he would push to have the right to abortion and defence of the environment added to the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, as his country takes on the bloc's rotating presidency.

"We must update this charter to be more explicit on protection of the environment, the recognition of the right to abortion," Macron told lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France.

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"Let us open up this debate freely with our fellow citizens... to breathe new life into the pillar of law that forges this Europe of strong values," he said.

The call to enshrine a woman's right to abortion in the European Union's charter, ratified by member states in 2000, comes just a day after the parliament elected Malta's Roberta Metsola, a staunch abortion opponent, as its president. 


Macron nonetheless congratulated Metsola on her election in his opening remarks, acknowledging her belief in "our Europe, this Europe sustained by the values that bind and unite us."

He also urged lawmakers to accept "this task of ours, and surely of our generation, to respond profoundly to the renewal of its promises."

Macron also said on Wednesday that Europeans needed to build a new "security and stability framework" that would require "strategic rearmament" as well as "frank and demanding" talks with Russia.

"We need to build it between us Europeans, share it with our allies in NATO, and propose it for negotiation to Russia," he said. 



AFP 2022/01/19 13:00

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stuart.laing 2022/01/20 11:38
I'm against abortion on demand and the 200000 lives lost as a result every year in the UK alone.
execdrive 2022/01/20 10:20
So you are against abortion or are you just argumentative.
stuart.laing 2022/01/20 09:15
It's not the woman's body being aborted is it ?
execdrive 2022/01/20 08:00
Perhaps he's doing it because he believes that women should have a right to decide what they want to do with their own body's, and good luck to him.
hupkensconsult 2022/01/20 00:41
It’s worth a try though. Draw clear boundaries around what is considered civilised in Europe. It seems that Trump’s people visit Hungary to see how they can copy his strategy in moving from a democracy into an authoritarian state. That shows, I would think, that we don’t take Hungary as the starting point for our own policies. And, it needs just one election, and Hungary could be back on the road to democracy again. I think it’s good Macron and France do something ambitious, and not just six months of “care-taking”. Otherwise it’s an example of “don’t stand up, you’re rocking the boat”.
stuart.laing 2022/01/19 22:36
In Poland, abortion on demand is seen as akin to euthanasia. There is no possibility that they would agree to Macron's suggestion.
hupkensconsult 2022/01/19 22:20
Perhaps seeing what is happening in the US and the attack on women’s rights all over the world has triggered Macron, no doubt suggested by lawyers, to make sure some things are laid down in law. Codified law is always stronger than law through jurisprudence, judges’ statements. That is the main difference between legal systems in Europe, and subsequently South America and former Eastern Europe, including Russia, and the Anglo-saxon world. In the US they only need to overturn one judge’s ruling, which is easier than retracting a decades old law, debated in parliament and voted on by elected officials. Although abortion seems to me last resort when anti-conception has failed. Therefore a right to (free) anti-conception would seem more positive.
hughesinnormandie 2022/01/19 18:31
The real question is why are you bothered.
stuart.laing 2022/01/19 13:39
It's not a 'Europe of strong values'. Far from. It's a Europe of compromises. And when something is too difficult to compromise on , it's left unfinished, like the single currency. The Catholic conservatives of Eastern Europe will not agree with Macron on abortion and consequently he's setting up a fight he can't win. The real question is why would he do that.

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