The National Rally withdrew on Thursday October 12 its text aimed at improving the care of women with endometriosis, after the rejection of its articles and shortly before the final vote which would also be unfavorable to it.
“This text, which could raise hope for women victims of endometriosis, is now empty. I therefore withdraw it,” declared rapporteur Emmanuel Taché de la Pagerie.
The pathology which affects some 1.5 to 2.5 million women in very different ways results in painful periods, but also sometimes digestive, urinary, lumbar, leg heaviness… For some women it requires long and particularly expensive.
The far-right group’s text intended to grant women affected a specific and “exempt” long-term illness (ALD) status, and allow those who wish to benefit from the status of disabled worker.
“I do not deny anyone the right to embrace this fight” of “public health”, affirmed the Minister of Health Aurélien Rousseau, while calling for the rejection of the text “neither legally tenable nor opportune”, and “opportunistic” coming of the RN. “I defended this position during the presidential campaign,” retorted the president of the RN group Marine Le Pen.
“It’s a rather disgusting political operation on the part of the National Rally,” lamented LFI MP Clémentine Autain after the text was withdrawn. At the beginning of 2022, it unanimously adopted a resolution asking for endometriosis to be included on the list of long-term conditions known as “ALD 30”.
Contesting the government’s national strategy on endometriosis, lacking “means”, she once again called on the minister to issue a decree to implement her resolution.
There are currently two statuses, “ALD30” and “ALD31” which can provide rights to people suffering from illnesses. The ALD30 allows 100% coverage, without advance costs, and the elimination of waiting days from the second stop.
ALD31, to which women suffering from endometriosis can apply, gives access to the same rights, but according to the Endomind patient association, it is more difficult to obtain.
Only 15,000 women have obtained this status. An “insufficient” number but which “has tripled in four years”, underlined the minister.
In a session peppered with points of order, the groups opposed to the text denounced in turn a recovery operation. “Neither women’s health nor endometriosis will be your feminist guarantee,” launched Véronique Riotton (Renaissance). The LR for their part supported the text.