Extension of the deadline for abortion: the bill returns to the National Assembly at second reading

The bill to extend the period of abortion from 12 to 14 weeks will be examined in second reading by the National Assembly from today, Monday, November 29, and throughout the week.

MPs will examiner this Monday in second reading a bill carried by the deputy Albane Gaillot which intends to strengthen the right to abortion. The text proposes to extend the period of access to abortion by 15 days and to remove the specific conscience clause which allows doctors to refuse to perform this medical act.

Adopted on first reading by the deputies on October 8, 2020, the bill was then rejected by the Senate in January. While it was to be considered again by the deputies on February 18 2021, it was finally withdrawn from the agenda after more than 400 amendments were tabled by the Les Républicains group.

The text seemed doomed not to succeed, especially afterEmmanuel Macron said last July in the magazine Elle not to be "in favor". The president had indeed declared that this intervention performed at 14 weeks must be "more traumatic" for women within these time limits.

Yet in October, Christophe Castaner, announced that he was going to put the bill back on the agenda of the National Assembly, promising that the text "could be successful this time". Asked by BFMTV Sunday, the president of the LREM group, affirmed that his objective is "to ensure that we assume the real rights for each woman who needs to proceed to an abortion".

If some, like Albane Gaillot, see in this bill "a text of progress", others denounce an attack on life.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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