The extension of the abortion period adopted by the deputies while the specific conscience clause is retained

The bill aiming to "strengthen the right to abortion" was adopted by the deputies on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, December 1. 

Tonight, the National Assembly voted in second reading, the bill carried by the deputy Albane Gaillot (former LREM, not registered) and Marie-Noëlle Battistel (PS), aiming to “strengthen the right to abortion” with 79 for, 36 against and 8 abstentions.

The approved measures by the deputies include the extension of the deadlines for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy, the practice of instrumental abortions by midwives which is currently reserved for doctors, the elimination of the two-day reflection period to resort to a Abortion and the creation of a directory of health professionals and performing structures for abortions.

The removal of the conscientiousness clause specific to abortion, one of the flagship measures of this bill, has not been validated by the Assembly.

The bill had already been adopted on first reading by the deputies on October 8, 2020 before being rejected by the Senate in January. As she was to be examined again at the Palais Bourbon on February 18 2021, it was finally withdrawn from the agenda after the tabling of more than 400 amendments by the group Les Républicains. The final adoption of the text therefore remains uncertain.

According to the parliamentary process, it should be voted on by the Senate before a possible return to the Assembly for a third reading. However, it has not yet been placed on the agenda of the Senate, despite the request of Albane Gaillot who calls on the government to take care of it.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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