French MPs debate controversial bill to extend IVF to lesbian couples

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09/24/2019

The French parliament debated a draft law Tuesday to extend fertility treatment to lesbian and single women, a move set to spark bitter opposition from conservatives and street protests next month. President Emmanuel Macron, who acknowledged last week the political risk of the legislation, is mindful of the backlash six years ago against gay marriage, legalised under his Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande. A coalition of grassroots religious groups, Catholic figures and right-wing political opponents organised mass demonstrations against Hollande and resistance is also stirring to the fertility treatment law. The legislation, which represents Macron’s biggest social reform since coming to power in 2017, is set to be debated in the National Assembly for three weeks starting Tuesday.

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