France to end ban on IVF for lesbian couples and single women

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PM Édouard Philippe set out reforms in state of the nation speech including green policies and a welfare clampdown

The French government intends to end discrimination over women’s reproductive rights by lifting a ban that prevents single women and lesbian couples accessing medically-assisted procreation, the prime minister indicated in his state of the nation address.

Currently in France, only heterosexual couples who have been married or living together for more than two years can access procedures such as artificial insemination, IVF or sperm donation. In nearby countries such as the UK and Spain these procedures are open to all women.

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