In France, the lower house of parliament passed a new bioethics law that will allow same-sex couples and unmarried women to undergo IVF.
As The Guardian notes, previously in France artificial insemination was only available to heterosexual couples – lesbians and unmarried were forced to perform the procedure abroad.
Also, the new law abolishes anonymity – children conceived this way will be able to find out who their biological parent is. Besides, the changes have affected surrogacy, which is still prohibited in France. Now “surrogate” children born outside the country must be adopted or fostered within three years of birth.
The right to IVF for homosexual couples has been promoted by the French LGBTQ+ community since 2013, when same-sex marriage was legalized in the country.
During the 2017 election campaign, Emmanuel Macron promised to bring the bioethics law before parliament. For two years, the bill was rejected by the conservative part of the Senate, but was passed thanks to the National Assembly, where the president’s party has a majority.