Apparently France thinks not enough babies are being killed in abortions every year. So, the French National Assembly voted today to extend the legal limit for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks. The bill received 135 votes in favor and 47 votes against, with nine abstentions.
According to the French Ministry of Health, there were 222,000 abortions in 2020. That number of babies dying from abortion will almost certainly increase.
Abortion has been legal in France since 1975, but, like many European nations, a limit of 12 weeks has been put in place that bans late-term abortions. Now, it’s legal to kill babies in abortions even closer to viability, which medical advances have pushed up to 21 weeks.
Under the new law, nurses are now allowed to kill babies in abortions as well. Leftists used to say abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, but no longer.
Here’s more on passage of the pro-abortion legislation:
When the bill was first introduced in the lower house of the French parliament in 2020, the bill’s authors argued that the time limit needed to be extended by a further two weeks because thousands of French women travel abroad for abortions after their 12th week of pregnancy.
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The number of abortions in France, a country of 63 million people, reached a 30-year high in 2019, with 232,244 abortions recorded that year.
In 2020, the number of abortions decreased by 4%, likely in part due to the impact of the government’s strict lockdown measures on out-of-wedlock conceptions.
Before the vote, abortions in the second and third trimesters were permitted in France only if two physicians certified that it was necessary to save the life of the mother, to prevent grave and permanent harm to her health, or the child had a severe and incurable illness.
The bill originally included a clause that would have restricted the right to conscientious objection in cases of abortion, but this was later dropped from the bill as it advanced in parliament.
The final adoption of the bill marks one of the last votes in President Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term, ahead of a presidential election in April.
Macron isn’t content to just expand abortions in France — he wants more babies killed throughout Europe. He wants Europe to embrace the notion that killing an unborn baby in an abortion is a “fundamental right.”
In January, Macron told the European Parliament that France will lobby to add abortion to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights this year. 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.”
Macron came under heavy criticism from the Catholic bishops.
The image below shows an ultrasound of an unborn baby at 14 weeks.