French Senate approves bill allowing IVF for single women, lesbians
FILE PHOTO: A medical technician selects eggs for an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) at the Laboratory of Reproductive Biology CECOS of Tenon Hospital in Paris, France, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF), the first major social reform of President Emmanuel Macron’s term.
The bill was passed 160-116 in the Senate, where Macron’s centrist party is outnumbered by right-wing Republicans.
The bill is part of a broader bioethics law, which in October cleared its first reading in the National Assembly, the lower house where Macron’s party commands a majority.
The law would unwind some of western Europe’s strictest rules governing medically assisted pregnancies, a campaign promise of Macron.
Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Geert De Clercq and Lisa Shumaker