The National Assembly in France has adopted a revised draft law that also enables lesbian couples and single women to be fertilized. So far, artificial insemination in France is only allowed for heterosexual couples who cannot father children. The revised and now approved paragraph is part of the controversial Bioethics Act. The text was adopted after a second reading with 60 against 37 votes and four abstentions.
The law has not yet been passed with the positive vote. The National Assembly had already approved the paragraph in a first reading last October. After intense debates, he went back to a special committee. Now the Senate has to make a second decision. According to media reports, this could only happen at the beginning of next year.
President Emmanuel Macron praised via Twitter "the commitment of parliamentarians, members of government and the national ethics committee". The reform is one of his campaign promises, which polls support two thirds of the French.
GayLib LGBT President Catherine Michaud spoke of a "historic step for women's rights and freedom". However, it is regrettable that trans people are excluded from the new legal regulation.
The Catholic Church and conservatives opposed the proposal. The head of the Bioethics Commission of the French Bishops' Conference, Pierre d'Ornellas, said he saw the law as discrimination against children. While one child naturally has a father, the other is deprived of the right to have one.
In addition to opening up artificial insemination to all women, the new draft law provides for a reform of the rules for childhood relationships. A number of other topics, such as egg preservation and research with embryonic stem cells, are also to be reorganized.