The French National Assembly votes in favor of the inclusion of abortion in the Constitution

The National Assembly voted Thursday by a large majority in favor of including the right to abortion in the Constitution, by adopting a proposal for LFI supported by the majority.

The deputies adopted by 337 votes against 32 a compromise text in the hope of obtaining the approval of the Senate, essential for a constitutional reform.

LR and RN were divided between for, against and abstention. The president of the RN Marine Le Pen group supported the text.

The president of the LFI group Mathilde Panot hailed a “historic” vote: “The Assembly speaks to the world, our country speaks to the world”, she launched, dedicating the text to the women of the United States, Poland and Hungary, countries where the right to abortion has been questioned.

After the vote, the deputies from the left and from the presidential camp rose twice to applaud, while LR and RN remained seated.

Macronist Sacha Houlié, chairman of the Law Commission, welcomed a “big step”. “But this is only a first step,” he recalled, mentioning the need to convince the Senate.

The president of the Renaissance group Aurore Bergé withdrew a similar text, which was scheduled for Monday, to vote on this compromise of “the whole Assembly”.

Left and majority agreed at midday on a common formulation: “The law guarantees the effectiveness and equal access to the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy”.

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