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French parliament passes law allowing medically assisted procreation for single women and lesbians

The French parliament has passed a bill allowing the right to use medical assisted reproductive technologies for all women, including lesbians and single women, after two years of back-and-forth in this confrontational issue.

According to the Monte Carlo website, extending this right to lesbian or single women was one of the promises made by President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign, and it was waited for many years by associations defending gay rights, while some conservative movements confronted it.

After parliamentary discussions that lasted for nearly two years, the French Parliament approved this bill with 326 votes in favor, 115 against and 42 abstentions.

The government expects to start the first “medical-assisted reproductive pathways” by the end of this summer, with the first babies being conceived using these technologies before the end of 2021.

Several European countries allow single women or married lesbians to use assisted reproductive technologies.

In France, public support for these technologies has increased steadily over the years, and 67% of the French now support them, according to a census of the Ifop company.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran commented on the adoption of the law, saying, "It is a beautiful day for our country."

On the other hand, the conservative "Manif Pour Tous" movement denounced the "systematic rejection of any amendment to the draft (basic law)." The movement, along with other associations with the support of the local Catholic Church, has recruited tens of thousands of people over the months to reject the right to have children "without a father".