MPs in France have approved a law that extends the deadline for abortions, despite opposition from pro-life activists and far-right representatives.
25 February 2022
The law extending the abotion limit from 12 weeks to 14 weeks was approved by 135 lawmakers in a final vote in the Assemblée nationale on Wednesday, with 47 MPs voting against the extension, and nine abstaining.
It will be one of the final bills to be passed in this Parliament before it closes ahead of April’s presidential election.
Applause in national assembly as lawmakers vote to extend limit for ending pregnancy from 12 to 14 weeks
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
Wed 23 Feb 2022
France has extended its time limit for abortion after an epic battle in parliament, amid anger that thousands of women had to travel abroad each year to terminate pregnancies in countries such as the Netherlands, Spain or England because of French restrictions.
There was applause in the French national assembly on Wednesday when lawmakers voted definitively to extend the legal limit for ending a pregnancy from 12 to 14 weeks. France’s new time frame is still lower than in some other European countries, including England at 24 weeks.
The registration of this examination in the Senate paves the way for the adoption of a period of 14 weeks - instead of 12 - by the end of the quinquennium.
Towards adoption before the end of the five-year term?
The bill allowing in particular the extension of the legal duration of abortion will finally be examined in January in the Senate, which paves the way for its adoption by the end of the term of office, government sources announced on Monday.