Emmanuel Macron is "not in favor" of extending the abortion period to 14 weeks

In an interview for Elle magazine, Emmanuel Macron took a stand against the proposed law strengthening the right to abortion which provides for the extension of the period of abortion from 12 to 14 weeks as well as the removal of the clause of specific awareness for doctors. 

An interview with the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, published this Friday, July 2 in the Elle magazine, reveals that the Head of State is "not in favor" of extending the abortion period from 12 to 14 weeks.

Although he says he cannot imagine what it means for women, he believes that this 14 week procedure must be more traumatic.

“All the gynecologists say it is more traumatic in these times. "

Emmanuel Macron adds that the challenge is rather "to support women much earlier, for example by fighting in all regions where there are still professionals who refuse to practice it". The Head of State is also positioned against the abolition of the conscience clause for doctors, believing that "the law does not regulate everything" and "that we must lead the cultural fight".

The president recalls that "each year 4000 to 5000 women" having exceeded the time limit provided for by French law "go abroad" to have an abortion, which he considers to be "the sign of a failure of our care. charge ".

The bill proposing to extend the legal period for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks and to remove the clause of conscience of health personnel carried by the deputy Albane Gaillot of the EDS group (Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity) did not not been voted on by Parliament.

Adopted on first reading at the National Assembly on October 8, 2020, she was rejected by the Senate Wednesday 20 January. While it was to be considered again by the deputies on 18th February 2021, the text was finally withdrawn from the agenda because of more than 400 amendments tabled by the Les Républicains group.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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