The Minister in charge of Equality between women and men Bérangère Couillard said Tuesday, September 26 "totally" favorable to a decree to "counter" the bill on endometriosis that intends to table in October the National Rally (RN).
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The nationalist party announced its intention to carry a text to "support women who suffer from endometriosis", on October 12 in the Assembly, granting them the status of long-term illness (ALD) "exempt", "fully covered by health insurance".
This approach embarrasses the opponents of the RN, especially on the left where voices have been raised to ask the government to take the lead. This bill "does not correspond to the needs" and is above all "opportunistic," said Bérangère Couillard asked about it on Radio J Tuesday morning. "Endometriosis does not necessarily mean painful, disabling periods (...) There are other pathologies that lead to painful periods, so we have to look for a broad device, "she said.
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Between 1.5 and 2.5 million women affected by endometriosis
To the question of whether she was "ready to go through the decree" as demanded by some of the opponents of the RN, Bérangère Couillard replied: "Totally (...) we must really counter this text and pass by decree to tell the National Rally (...) we did not wait for you to do it" and "think about a much broader text" on "women's health throughout their lives". The Minister has given no indication of the content of this possible decree or a date. Last week, government spokesman Olivier Véran had assured that the executive would not intervene on this subject before the RN defends its text on October 12 at the National Assembly.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects between 1.5 and 2.5 million women in France and results in painful periods, but also sometimes digestive, urinary, lumbar or leg heaviness.