The bill to extend the period for abortion will be returned to the National Assembly in November

The president of the LREM deputies, Christophe Castaner, assured that the bill aiming to extend the period of abortion from 12 to 14 weeks will be examined again in the hemicycle at the end of November. 

The text which aims 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, carried by the member of the EDS group (Ecology, democracy, solidarity ), Albane Gaillot, should be examined by the deputies before the end of November.

Christophe Castaner announced that he would put the bill back on the agenda of the National Assembly and promises, in an interview for Le Parisien, that the text “can be successful this time”.

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 While it was to be considered again by the deputies on 18th February 2021, the bill was finally withdrawn from the agenda after more than 400 amendments were tabled by the Les Républicains group.

The March for Life, the annual demonstration against abortion, calls for a "Total mobilization" against what she considers to be an “offensive against human life”.

The organization is preparing in particular a giant happening in front of the Palais Bourbon to protest against this legislation and also invites Albane Gaillot to debate with Aliette Espieux, spokesperson for the March for Life. Finally, she launched a national petition to "demand the immediate suppression of this bill".

In an interview with Elle magazine published last July, Emmanuel Macron had declared that he was not "in favor" of extending the period of abortion from 12 to 14 weeks. He believes that this procedure, performed at 14 weeks, must be more traumatic for women.

Albane Gaillot seems however determined to see the bill succeed, questioned by USAinformations on October 7, she said she had "never thought it was over." "We have never given up and I can assure you that we carry out communication actions every month with health professionals and parliamentarians, precisely to continue this mobilization" she added.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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