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France makes Abortion a Constitutional Right in Historic Versailles Vote

Eiffel Tower lit up to mark change, seen as way of protecting law that decriminalised abortion in 1975. (Click image for article.)

Photo: The Eiffel Tower illuminated with the message: ‘My body, my choice,’ after the vote. Photograph: Abdul Saboor/Reuters

 

The French parliament has enshrined abortion as a constitutional right at a historic joint session at the Palace of Versailles.

Out of 925 MPs and senators eligible to vote, 780 supported the amendment, which will give women the “guaranteed freedom” to choose an abortion.

There was thunderous applause in the chamber as the result was announced on Monday; in central Paris, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated to mark the occasion.

The measure had already been passed by the upper and lower houses, the Sénat and the Assemblée Nationale, but final approval by parliamentarians at the joint session at Versailles was needed to effect constitutional change.

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