Assisted Human Reproduction increasingly important in France

This year in France, 1 child out of 30 will be born as a result of Assisted Human Reproduction.

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Why this story matters:

According to the National Institute of Demographic Studies, 1 out of 30 children will be conceived by Assisted Human Reproduction in France in 2018. Most Assisted Human Reproduction in the country, called PMA in France, is carried out via in vitro fertilization.

Currently, PMA is authorized in France only for heterosexual couples.

At least one member of the couple has to be sterile. But this is a crucial issue for the future of our society since lesbian couples have been openly asking to be also eligible for PMA. This is also the case for single women.

The matter is still being studied by the government. A law is supposed to be discussed at the Parliament this autumn. But these numbers show that PMA plays an important role in French society. So far nothing has been done to change the laws, and some fear that cautious Macron will not grant all women access to PMA.

Details from the story:

  • 300,000 children were conceived by in vitro fertilization between 1981 and 2014.
  • The first birth of this kind was in 1982 in this country.
  • At the end of May 2018, a dinner was organized by president Macron to discuss PMA, and whether to make it available to all women. The guests were only men. This was strongly criticized on social media.
  • Some commentators have been saying for months now that President Macron will be less open to this matter after analyzing his statements as a presidential candidate.
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