French Senate approves bill allowing IVF for all women

Under current law only heterosexal couples can access medically assisted reproduction methods. Lesbian couples and single women who want children have to travel abroad in order to access IVF. 

A few weeks ago, the French parliament finalised adoption of a bill giving lesbian couples and single women access to fertility treatment for the first time.

This bill was pushed by President Emmanuel Macron’s government, which passed a final vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday after two years of protests and 500 hours of debate.

This makes France the 11th country in the 27-member EU to allow medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples and single women alike. A recent study found that 67% of French people supported the measure.


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