France today became the first country with Abortion in its constitution

Representatives of both houses of the French Parliament - the Senate and the National Assembly - will gather at a ceremony in the Palace of Versailles where they should approve the amendment to the Constitution proposed by the government

by Sededin Dedovic
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France today became the first country with Abortion in its constitution
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Today, France will take a historic step by becoming the first country to include voluntary termination of pregnancy in its Constitution, providing not only legally protected support for women, but also setting a global example of how progress can be made in protecting reproductive rights.

It is a symbolic act that sends a strong message of support for women's rights, especially at a time when we are facing challenges and attacks on these basic freedoms around the world. The ceremony that will be held at the Palace of Versailles represents the culmination of the efforts and engagement of both political leaders and activists who advocated for this change.

Representatives of both houses of the French Parliament - the Senate and the National Assembly - will gather to approve the amendment to the Constitution proposed by the government. This historic act was planned four days before International Women's Rights Day, which further emphasizes the importance of this event in the context of the global struggle for women's rights.

With this reform, a new sentence will be inserted into Article 34 of the Constitution of France - "The law establishes the conditions under which the freedom guaranteed to women to resort to voluntary termination of pregnancy is realized." This amendment makes the first constitutional provision so explicit on the subject, not only in Europe, but also in the world.

The words that will be written into the very foundation of the French state represent not only the recognition of women's rights to their own bodies and reproduction, but also a clear confirmation of the state that it will protect and support these rights.

Prime Minister Gabriel Atal recently highlighted the importance of this reform by saying: "When women's rights are under attack around the world, France stands up and puts itself at the forefront of progress." This sentence reflects the deep commitment of the French government in the fight for gender equality and the protection of reproductive rights.

Of course, this reform is not without its opponents. Anti-abortion groups and individuals have announced a protest rally outside the Palace of Versailles during the day. However, the fact that more than 80% of the French population supports writing the right to abortion into the Constitution clearly shows broad support for this reform.

Abortion supporters will gather in Trocadero Square to express their support for this change. This gathering in Paris was initiated by city authorities and women's rights organizations, emphasizing local support for this national initiative.

Abortion was legalized in France in 1975, but this reform puts these rights on even firmer grounds, making them not only part of the legislation but also an integral part of the constitution.

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