The extension of the abortion period to 14 weeks returns to the National Assembly

Adopted by the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on Wednesday 10 February, the bill "aiming to strengthen the right to abortion" will make its return to the Palais Bourbon on February 18.

La Bill 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.

The text aims in particular to extend the period for resorting to abortion from 12 to 14 weeks as well as remove the specific conscience clause abortion for caregivers.

Discussed on Wednesday February 10 by the Social Affairs Committee, the bill was adopted for the second time announced Albane Gaillot on Twitter, which specifies that the eight articles have been "adopted and enriched".

The bill will be examined again, at the Palais Bourbon, in a public session on 18 February prochain.

The government is quite reserved with regard to this text, Olivier Véran , Minister of Health, in particular affirmed that it was about a "sensitive" subject and that it "was not sure" that the proposed law "goes to the end". The Minister had requested the opinion of National Consultative Ethics Council (CCNE) on October 2, 2020.

CCNE made his opinion December 10, 2020. He spoke out in favor of extending the period for resorting to abortion, having no “ethical objections”, while specifying that “among the conditions which lead a woman to exceed the current legal term, some are avoidable and everything must be done to strengthen the support due to each woman through an improvement in medical care ”.

“By focusing its reflection on the principles of autonomy, beneficence, equity and non-maleficence towards women, CCNE considers that there is no ethical objection to extending the period of access to abortion for two weeks, thus passing from 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. "

CCNE also recalled that “abortion is a unique medical act” which justifies “maintaining the specific conscience clause”.

The future of this law is still uncertain, because even if it is adopted on February 18 in the Assembly, it will then be considered at second reading in the Senate, which is against it.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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