France to legalize IVF for lesbians, single women – News Vibe24

    France to legalize IVF for lesbians, single women - Times of India
    PARIS: The French parliament is expected to pass a law on Tuesday that would allow unmarried women and lesbians to have access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time.
    The final vote on broad bioethics legislation, introduced by the government of French President Emmanuel Macron, has been widely expected by LGBT rights groups, who have been pushing for reproduction since France legalized same-sex marriage. in 2013.
    The new law will extend access to fertility treatments such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is intended only for infertile heterosexual couples.
    In France, fertility treatments are free – and once the law is passed, it will also include lesbian couples and unmarried women.
    Health Minister Olivier Veran said French authorities were preparing to implement the new law as soon as possible so that the first children could be arrested by the end of the year.
    The vote marks the end of a protracted, two-year debate in parliament. The Conservative majority in the Senate has repeatedly rejected the measure, but the lower house of parliament, where Macron’s central party has a majority, has the final say. The National Assembly has already approved the bill three times and will approve it on Tuesday.
    French LGBT rights groups have pushed for the measure after France legalized gay marriage under then-President Francois Hollande, following months of mass protests by conservative and Catholic groups.
    “Finally,” said Matthieu Gatipon, a spokesman for the Inter-LGBT Union, who welcomed the “long-awaited progress”. »
    “We are pleased that this is happening … but it was a painful birth,” he said, expressing frustration that it took so long to get to the final vote on the bill.
    Gatipon said it was difficult for French women who had to delay their plan to have a baby for years, and others who had to pay expensive fees to go abroad to countries where such procedures exist, such as Spain and Belgium.
    The new law does not concern France banning surrogacy arrangements in which a woman carries and delivers a baby to someone else.

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