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France passes Bill allowing Lesbian access to fertility treatments

The French National Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill on bioethics that will give lesbian couples and single women access to medically assisted fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization.

Before this, lesbian couples and single women who wanted to have children had to travel abroad to receive fertility treatments.

The French lower house adopted the bill — that has been under consideration for about two years — in a 326-115 vote with 42 abstentions, putting an end to the protracted debate.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex welcomed the move, calling the new legislation “the law of freedom, progress and equality.”

The extension of the right to access medically assisted reproduction was one of President Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign pledges.

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