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French President Macron to propose draft law enshrining abortion rights in the constitution

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday his government would put forward a draft law protecting abortion rights in the French constitution within months.

France’s National Assembly had in November 2022 already voted in favour of the constitutional change, but without deciding on a timeline.

The speech was made on International Woman’s Day, where Macron paid tribute to the late Gisele Halimi, a feminist activist and pioneer for reproductive rights.

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.

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