The bill to extend the period for abortion will not be examined in the National Assembly

After its rejection by the Senate, the bill strengthening the right to abortion was to be examined this Thursday, February 18 in the National Assembly. The text was finally removed from the agenda. 

Lhe proposed law brought by the member of the EDS group (Ecology, democracy, solidarity), Albane Gaillot, had been adopted on October 8 at the National Assembly, then rejected on January 20 by the Senate.

She was adopted a second time in the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Wednesday 10 February and was due to return to the hemicycle for second reading, this Thursday 18 February, as part of the parliamentary initiative day of the Socialists and Allies group.

However, Tuesday February 16 the text was finally removed from the agenda, taking into account the limited time available to the deputies that day, they considered that other subjects were priority. For Albane Gaillot, it is a "scandal", it points to the more than 400 amendments tabled by the Les Républicains group which led to the withdrawal of the bill.

The text which aims in particular to extend the period of recourse to abortion from 12 to 14 weeks as well as to remove the conscience clause specific to abortion for caregivers causes deep divisions in the hemicycle.

In a column published today in the JDD, Albane Gaillot as well as 80 deputies and senators ask the government to "resume the bill" and "to accelerate its adoption".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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