Right to offer assisted fertility technology to all?

A new law is set to be debated this summer under which assisted reproductive technology (ART) would be made accessible to all women, including single and lesbian women.

Procréation médicalement assistée (PMA) is a catch-all term and includes IVF (in vitro fertilisation), artificial insemination and surrogacy. Surrogacy is illegal in France and so is not under discussion.

Currently, PMA is reimbursed only for medically diagnosed infertile heterosexual couples (if the woman is under 43). But President Emmanuel Macron promised to make it accessible to all women this year during his election campaign.

A study by Ifop has shown that 52% of LGBT people want children, including 62% of lesbian women. Although a majority of French want to open PMA to more people, some doctors want it strictly restricted to medical reasons.

We spoke to two of those involved in the debate.


Laurène Chesnel, spokeswoman for the association INTER-LGBT.

Laurène Chesnel, spokeswoman for the association INTER-LGBT

Currently, assisted reproductive technology is not prohibited to single and lesbian women ...

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