FILE PHOTO: Marlene Schiappa attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 12, 2017.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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PHOTO: Marlene Schiappa attends the questions to the government
session at the National Assembly in Paris

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PARIS (Reuters) – The right of lesbian couples and single women
to have access to assisted reproduction was “a matter of social
justice” and will likely be legislated next year, a French
government minister said on Tuesday.

The move would mark a significant extension of gay rights in
France, where violent protests preceded the legalization of
same-sex marriage and adoption by homosexual couples in 2013.

“It was a campaign promise. It will be honored,” Marlene
Schiappa, minister for gender equality, told BFM TV. She said a
bill would likely pass through parliament in 2018.

Current legislation means that gay women with sufficient funds
travel abroad for artificial insemination while other women
without the financial means cannot. Schiappa said that was
unjust.

French law still restricts techniques such as artificial
insemination using donated sperm to heterosexual couples.

A national ethics committee said last June that it backed the
idea of medically assisted procreation for female couples and
single women. Macron, president since May, had set such a
recommendation as a prerequisite to any legislative action.

(Reporting by Simon Carraud; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by
Richard Lough)