As reported by AFP: French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday his government would put forward a draft law enshrining abortion rights in the French constitution within months.
In a speech paying tribute to the late Gisele Halimi, a feminist activist and pioneer for reproductive rights, Macron said an amendment to the constitution would be submitted to parliament.
"This will enshrine the freedom of women to choose abortion, and be a solemn guarantee that nothing can ever limit or abolish this right because it will have become irreversible," he said.
"The rights of women are always a fragile conquest," Macron said.
France's National Assembly had in November 2022 already voted in favour of the constitutional change, but without deciding on a timeline.
The move has been accelerated after the US Supreme Court overturned abortion rights in June, sparking pressure from campaigners for France to do the reverse in a symbol of its commitment to women's rights.
Macron was speaking at a national tribute for Halimi, who died in 2020 aged 93 after a long career as a lawyer, activist and politician.
In a landmark case in 1972, she won the acquittal of a minor who was on trial for abortion after becoming pregnant through rape.
But Macron's choice to focus on Halimi on International Women's Day sparked some resistance, even from within her family.
Her son Serge Halimi, a journalist, stayed away from the ceremony, saying it came "at a time when the country is rising up against an extremely unfair pensions reform".
Abortions were de-criminalised in France in 1975.
This is rather tragic as this is akin to giving state-sanctioned murder a constitutional backing.
It is no news that Francophone countries in Africa are still sadly tied to the apron strings of France that still pull the strings from Paris decades after ‘political independence.’
One is not surprised at the legalization of abortion in Benin Republic. One cannot rule out the imprimatur of France in that poisoned chalice masquerading as an abortion law.
It wouldn’t, therefore, amaze me if Paris pressures the spineless Francophone leaders to put it in their constitution as well as he who pays the piper dictates the tune.
Conservatives the world over especially in France must fight this anomaly. It is high time that more pro-lifers transit from activism which isn’t bad in itself as it is a noble calling to hold public office as that is a sturdy platform to implement their bold and big ideas.
We live in an era of the culture of death and we need pro-lifers worldwide to unite and fight this sinister culture wherever it occurs.
This evil ploy of Macron must not stand.
Chief Editorial Curator
Eeeeeeheee so does macron feel this is why he was reelected, nawa o...rights!!!!!