Macron: France will add right to abortion into constitution by 2024

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Macron: France will add right to abortion into constitution by 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the second and last day of a European Union summit on October 27, 2023. Photo: Ludovic MARIN/AFP.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday his government plans to enshrine abortion rights in the constitution to make them "irreversible".


In an online post, Macron said a draft project would be submitted to the State Council, France's highest administrative court, this coming week, with a view to adding the right to abortion into the country's constitution by the end of the year.

"In 2024, the right of women to choose abortion will become irreversible," he said.

The announcement follows a promise Macron made on March 8th, International Women's Day, which was seen as a response to the overturning of federal abortion rights in the United States last year.

Constitutional revision in France requires either a referendum or approval by at least three-fifths of the members of both chambers of parliament united in a congress.

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Most constitutional changes in post-war France have been approved by congressional vote.

The termination of a pregnancy was decriminalised in France in 1975 and successive laws have since aimed at improving conditions for abortions, notably by protecting the health and anonymity of women, as well as reducing the financial burden of the procedure on women.


A November 2022 opinion poll found that 89 percent of respondents were in favour of making abortion rights constitutional.

According to government figures, 234,000 abortions were carried out in France last year.


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