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French doctors admit to illegally helping gay couples have children to protest discriminatory law

French doctors admit to illegally helping gay couples have children to protest discriminatory law

Some 130 doctors in France admitted to having helped same-sex couples conceive children in protest of local laws which ban same-sex couples from doing so.

The Local news website quoted an open letter by doctors, which was published in the French daily Le Monde on Friday, which reads, ‘We doctors, biologists, own up to having helped, accompanied gay couples or single women in their efforts to have children, which is not possible for them in France.’

Although same-sex marriage has been legal in France since 2013, same-sex couples are prohibited from accessing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or medically assisted procreation in the country which is only available only to heterosexual couples. Surrogacy is illegal under any circumstances.

The group, which is headed by gynaecologist René Frydman who is well known for creating France’s first ‘test-tube baby’, said they support  a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to receive IVF treatment.

The extension of medically assisted procreation to same-sex couples was originally included in France’s 2013 marriage equality bill but was dropped due to overwhelming strong opposition.

The letter also supports the law to be amended so that women can freeze their eggs for later pregnancy and donate eggs. Currently only women whose fertility is at risk due to medical reasons such as having to undergo chemotherapy is allowed to do so, according to the Local.