After a first session in the confusion, the Senate rejects the PMA for all

It was an eventful evening in the Senate, Tuesday February 1. The Senators rejected the first article of the text relating to PMA for all after debates rich in twists and turns. 

Gathered at the Palais Bourbon for the first day of second reading examination of the bioethics bill, thesenators lived an evening of great confusion.

To everyone's surprise, the Senate rejected Article 1 on the opening of assisted reproduction to female couples with 48 votes in favor, 132 against and 152 abstentions. The article may however be reintroduced during a second deliberation requested by Senator Alain Milon (LR).

Before the vote, the senators had adopted an amendment which excludes single women from assisted reproduction for all as well as another amendment which, on the other hand, allows post-mortem assisted reproduction. It was precisely the adoption of this amendment that aroused discontent in the room and provoked the rejection of section 1 of the bill.

Senator Bruno Retailleau in particular questioned the conditions of the vote of this amendment by declaring that "the chairman of the session announced that he would suspend the session at 20:30 p.m." and that consequently part of the members of the group Les Républicains had already left the 'hemicycle. He also deplored an oversight on the part of the chairman of the session, who should have recalled "the two unfavorable opinions of the commission and the Government" before adding that "some dispute the counting".

A debate deemed "chaotic" by Senator Bernard Jomier belonging to the Socialist, Ecologist and Republican (SER) group which denounces a "hypocrisy" on the part of the majority The Republicans.

While the examination of the text must continue this Wednesday, February 3, La Manif pour tous organized a "flash action" in front of the Senate with a giant inflatable baby wearing a bar code to denounce "the commodification of humans". He is accompanied by a row of women dressed as Marianne, symbol of the republic, holding up a sign that proclaims “Stop procreation business”.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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