French Senate Passes Bill Granting Single Women and Lesbian Couples Access to In-Vitro Fertilization

On January 22nd, 2020, France’s Senate voted in favor of a law that would permit single women and lesbian couples to utilize in-vitro fertilization (“IVF”) technologies, joining countries such as Britain, Belgium, and Spain. This bill is part of a larger French bioethics law and is “the first major social reform of President Emmanual Macron.” Under the current law, IVF is strictly available to  heterosexual couples, and IVF can only be utilized in limited circumstances. This includes to combat infertility and to avoid risks of transmission of harmful medical conditions to the child or partner. Undoubtedly, the ultimate passage of this law would signal the deterioration of some of western Europe’s strictest prohibitions surrounding medically assisted pregnancies.

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Blog post authored by Jean Krebs

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