Provide Lesbians and Single Women with Fertility Treatments

Target: Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate

Goal: Extend assisted reproduction to lesbians and single women.

Women in France cannot receive fertility treatments unless they are married. This requirement came as a result of a French law passed in 2013 that banned methods such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, and sperm donation for homosexual couples and single women. Fortunately, restrictions might be subject to change due to a law that is currently being drafted. This law would not only permit those procedures for gay and unmarried women, but would also make them free under the country’s national health insurance.

The bill would guarantee four rounds of assisted reproduction (IVF or artificial insemination) per pregnancy for each woman. The treatment would only be made available to patients within a fixed age range that has not yet been determined. Additionally, children conceived with donated sperm would also be able to find out the donor’s identity upon demand after reaching the age of 18, which is a drastic change from the firm donor anonymity protections the country has now.

French LGBTQ+ rights groups have been advocating for the proposed provisions for several years. They state that allowing lesbians and single women to have IVF, among other procedures, would keep mothers and their babies from coming into conflict with the French legal system.“This simply is a measure of equality for French female citizens, whatever their sexual orientation is,” the Association of Gay and Lesbian Parents and Future Parents said in a statement. Sign below to urge the French parliament to support this inclusive measure.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Larcher,

As of now, gay and single women in France have to travel abroad for IVF treatments, as they do not have access to them in their own country. Thankfully, a bill that has been lobbied by LGBTQ+ groups since the legalization of gay marriage in 2013 would enable the women to receive the medical help equally. 

Impeding single and LGBTQ+ individuals from receiving assistance in conceiving children is not on par with the country’s liberal views. Around 18 of the European Union’s 28 member states already supply assisted reproduction to these groups of women, and it is high time that France follow suit. I urge you to subscribe to this necessary initiative and support the country’s reproductive rights.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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