French President Emmanuel Macron wants Europe to embrace the notion that killing an unborn baby in an abortion is a “fundamental right.”
On Wednesday, Macron told the European Parliament that France will lobby to add abortion to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights this year, Agence France-Presse reports.
He claimed that protecting the so-called right to abort an unborn baby is a “strong value” that Europe should fight to uphold.
“We must update this charter to be more explicit on protection of the environment, [and] the recognition of the right to abortion,” Macron told lawmakers, according to the report. “Let us open up this debate freely with our fellow citizens … to breathe new life into the pillar of law that forges this Europe of strong values.”
His new pro-abortion goal likely comes in response to the European Parliament electing a pro-life president, Roberta Metsola, on Tuesday.
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Metsola represents Malta, one of the few countries in Europe that protects unborn babies’ right to life by banning abortions. She repeatedly has voted against measures that portray the killing of unborn babies in abortions as a right, and she has spoken out against attempts by the EU to pressure countries like Malta to legalize abortion on demand.
In France, abortions are legal for basically any reason up to 14 weeks and later in certain circumstances. According to the French Ministry of Health, there were 222,000 abortions in 2020.
Abortion was the leading cause of death world-wide in 2020, killing 42.6 million unborn babies.