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Voluntary termination of pregnancy enshrined in the Constitution of the French Republic

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On the 4th of March 2024, voluntary termination of pregnancy was enshrined in the French Constitution.

An additional safeguard for women's rights

On the 4th of March 2024, the Congress of Parliament (a joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate) adopted the inclusion of voluntary termination of pregnancy in the French Constitution. This constitutional amendment was promulgated by the President of the Republic on Friday, the 8th of March, to coincide with International Women's Rights Day.

This inclusion of women's guaranteed freedom to access abortion in the Constitution is a global first, aimed at securing this right, which is considered fundamental in Western countries but has faced concerning setbacks in recent years, particularly in the United States.

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