French lower house votes in favour of abortion as constitutional right


The National Assembly, the French parliament's lower house, has voted in favour of making the right to abortion a clause of the country's constitution, a move prompted by the US Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year to overturn nationwide abortion rights, and which will now be submitted for approval by France's rightwing-controlled upper house, the Senate.

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French lawmakers voted on Thursday to enshrine abortion rights in the constitution, with MPs on the Left and centre-right saying the US Supreme Court's overturning of a landmark ruling in June showed the need for new measures, reports FRANCE 24.