A lesbian couple is suing in a campaign to ensure no Spanish woman is denied the right to have a child.
The couple, who were not named in the report, has lodged a case against the Spanish health ministry, regional authorities and a Madrid hospital after they were denied artificial insemination purely because they are gay.
Women’s Link Worldwide, the human rights group helping the couple, say the two women were refused as the government regulation states artificial insemination can only be given to couples who have tried for a year to get pregnant through sexual intercourse.
This regulation, according to the group which was only imposed in November, is discriminatory as it excludes lesbian couples.
A Women’s Link Worldwide spokeswoman told AFP the couple are arguing that denying them the treatment was discriminatory and breached their reproductive health rights.
The hospital has told the couple they can resume the treatment, but the women are going ahead with the lawsuit.
Carmen Miguel, their lawyer, said they sued ‘so that no other woman who opts to be a mother will be discriminated against by the public health system’.
The court heard the case on Monday (14 September) and a ruling will be given at a later date.