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Macron criticizes the Supreme Court ruling despite France’s strict abortion restrictions

Macron criticizes the Supreme Court ruling despite France's strict abortion restrictions
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French President Emmanuel Macron targeted Friday’s US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, even though France has its own abortion limits, which are stricter than the Mississippi law at the heart of the case.

“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It needs to be protected,” Macron tweeted. I want to express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are being undermined by the United States Supreme Court.”

The Supreme Court ruled 6:3 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Republican-led state of Mississippi has asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court that stopped the 15-week ban on abortion.

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The court overturned the decisions of Roe v. Wade from 1973 and Casey v. Planned Parenthood of 1992, which affirmed a constitutional right to abortion.

“Roe was terribly wrong from the start. His reasoning was extremely weak and the decision had damaging consequences.” said Judge Samuel Alito in his majority opinion. “And far from bringing about a national solution to the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have sparked debate and deepened divisions. It is time to respect the constitution and return the abortion issue to the elected representatives of the people.”

France's President Emmanuel Macron waves as he leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the first round of a French general election June 12, 2022 in Le Touquet, northern France.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron waves as he leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the first round of a French general election June 12, 2022 in Le Touquet, northern France.
(Ludovic Marin, pool via AP)

While Macron was among a number of international leaders to criticize the decision, France has one stricter abortion law than Mississippi law who wanted to push through a 15-week abortion ban.

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France limits most abortions to 14 weeks, which was recently increased from 12 weeks in February. It’s similar to other countries in Europe, albeit more restrictive than countries like England, where abortions are mostly limited to up to 24 weeks

Macron was anything but an enthusiastic supporter of the change. The Guardian reported he told a French magazine it was “more traumatic” for women to have an abortion at a later date.

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Senior Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute Marc Thiessen was one of several American commentators who pointed out the alleged double standard.

“You know that France bans voluntary abortion at 12 weeks, three weeks before our Supreme Court’s Mississippi law was upheld — and that France’s abortion restrictions under Roe would not be permissible,” Thiessen said.

British commentator Peter Hitchens also criticized Macron and objected to his consideration of another country’s decisions:

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“President Macron attended a Jesuit school and knows there is a different view on this matter,” Hitchens tweeted. “He also needs to know that the US Supreme Court did not *ban* abortion, but left its legality to elected state governments. Why is he judging the sovereign affairs of another country?”

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