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Assisted reproduction extended to French same-sex female couples, single women in 2018

Assisted reproduction extended to French same-sex female couples, single women in 2018

IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization | Photo: Pexels

French president Emmanuel Macron has confirmed plans to extend assisted reproduction to same-sex female couples and single women next year.

The news follows Macron’s meeting with 15 LGBTI people in the Elysee yesterday (Thursday 22 November).

A boss of an LGBTI organization said the politician confirmed the PMA (roughly meaning ‘procreation medical assistance’) extension after a meeting this week.

‘Reaffirmed his willingness’

SOS Homophobie president Joel Deumier told Agence France-Presse: ‘The president has reaffirmed his willingness to expand the PMA, with promulgation next year.’

PMA covers the likes of IVF (in vitro fertilization) and also surrogacy. It is currently only available for heterosexual couples in France.

‘Concrete measures’

On Twitter yesterday, the president also addressed an upsurge in homophobic violence in France this year.

He retweeted Marlene Schiappa, Secretary of State for Gender Equality & Anti-Discrimination, who shared a photo of the meeting between her, Macron and the LGBTI community members.

She wrote: ‘We worked together on concrete measures against homophobic attacks. At the request of the President, I will present them Monday in the Council of Ministers.’

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