French Bills Would Create a “Right” to Kill Babies in Abortions

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 23, 2022   |   11:38AM   |   Paris, France

French abortion activists are trying again to push a pro-abortion constitutional amendment through the National Assembly this month.

In October, the Senate rejected one such bill. But the Catholic News Agency reports pro-abortion lawmakers recently advanced two similar bills that would create a “right to abortion” in the French Constitution.

Earlier this month, the Law Commission of the French National Assembly voted to advance both bills, one from the ruling Renaissance party and the second from the leftist party La France Insoumise (LFI), according to the report.

The Renaissance bill specifically mentions women while the LFI bill does not. It states: “No one may infringe on the right to voluntary interruption of pregnancy and contraception,” CNA reports.

Abortions are legal in France up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. However, pro-abortion political leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron, have said France needs a constitutional amendment to ensure that abortions remain legal for years to come, pointing to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in America.

“By inserting it into the constitution, the left wants to make abortion sacred as if it were a value at the heart of the national ‘social contract,’” Nicolas Bauer, associate researcher at the European Centre for Law and Justice, told CNA. “From being a crime, abortion has become a banal medical act, and the left now is seeking to make it a fundamental right, superior to every other right.”

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It is not clear if the bills will pass, but if they do, pro-life advocates said the amendment could allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth in France.

Within the next week, the lower house is scheduled to vote on both bills. If they pass, they will move to the Senate. To amend the constitution, the amendment must pass both houses in the same session and then be approved by voters, according to the report.

Earlier this year, conservative Assemblywoman Marine Le Pen spoke out against the pro-abortion push, saying the president and others are ignoring real problems in France.

“The reality is that [the Macron government] is carrying out a political diversion because it does not want the focus to be on the main concerns of the French people today and their difficulties, which is purchasing power, which is security, which is immigration out of control,” Le Pen said.

In January, Macron told the European Parliament that France will lobby to add abortion to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. 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 European leaders at the time. “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.”

Abortion has been legal in France since 1975. Earlier this year, parliament voted to expand abortions, making it legal to kill unborn babies for any reason up to 14 weeks instead of 12 weeks.

According to the French Ministry of Health, there were 222,000 abortions in 2020.