Macron wants to guarantee abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The French President announced today that he wants to register ‘freedom of refuge’ in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. As Macron pointed out for his decision on abortion “nothing is for granted anymore and everything remains to be protected. We fight this battle on our continent, where reactionary forces attack first and always women’s rights before they then attack minority rights, all oppressed, all freedoms.” Macron attended a public ceremony in Paris to enroll voluntary abortion (IVG) in the French Constitution. This event on March 8, World Women’s Rights Day, makes France the first country to register the right to voluntary abortion in its fundamental law. “Beyond Europe, we are fighting for this right to become universal and effective,” said the leader of the French state. The president desired a “people’s ceremony” marking “the conclusion of this collective battle” a few days after the French parliament revised the Constitution. She also visited the graves of “great figures” of feminism that contributed to the revision of the Constitution, including lawyer Giselle Halimi and politician Simon Vale. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, created in December 2000, contains 54 articles on individual rights for persons within the European Union. It is of the same legal value as that of the Treaties and any citizen can invoke it if they are not respected by a European text.