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Macron denounces Supreme Court for upholding abortion law less strict than France's

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/24/2022 Joel Gehrke
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French President Emmanuel Macron accused the U.S. Supreme Court of "undermin[ing]" the rights of women through its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States,” Macron wrote on Twitter.

“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women,” he tweeted. “It must be protected."

French lawmakers voted to legalize abortion in 1975, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared abortion access to be a constitutional right. A majority of Republican appointees rejected that ruling as an invention of a constitutional right that short-circuited legislative debates about how to structure abortion laws, though Chief Justice John Roberts only concurred in part.

Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”


Macron presided over a recent loosening of the limitations on abortion in his country, where abortion access is more constrained than in America. French law allows women to obtain an abortion for any reason within the first 14 weeks of a pregnancy; previously, such elective abortions were permitted only in the first 12 weeks. The revision also affords French women a shorter window of access to abortion than the Mississippi state law upheld Friday by Alito and the other conservative justices, as the law “generally prohibits an abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy.”

Macron opposed the revision of French law on the grounds that abortions later in pregnancy are "more traumatizing" for the women involved. "Extended time limits are not neutral in terms of a woman’s trauma,” he said last year.

Alito's opinion left the door open to states passing new laws that expand or limit abortion access.


“[E]ven if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision,” Alito wrote. “We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

A bloc of House Republicans may try to push for a federal law banning abortion in most instances after the 15th week of pregnancy.


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