The French ministers for health, justice and research are to present on Wednesday the government’s proposed bioethics legislation, which includes provisions for extending medically assisted fertility techniques to all women, including lesbian couples and single women.
Written by Radio France Internationale
New bioethics laws must be passed every seven years, and this one will include measures dealing with organ transplants and genetics. But the most controversial aspect of it is PMA, or medically assisted procreation, to all women.
Legalising PMA for all women was one of President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises, and it has been a rallying cry for the LGBT community looking for equal access to fertility treatments. But it has been put off several times to avoid a political backlash while the government was trying to pass other legislation.
Before preparing the bill, the government sought out the consent from the National consultative ethics committee, after a public debate on the issue in 2018.