PARIS: Thousands of people prepared to descend on Paris on Sunday (Oct 6) to protest a government plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, the first major social reform since France legalised gay marriage in 2013.Organisers say they are hoping 100,000 will turn out against a law heading to the Senate this month, after it was approved by the lower house of parliament in September.President Emmanuel Macron pledged during his 2017 election campaign to push the law despite deep resistance among right-wing opponents as well as conservative Roman Catholics and other religious groups.They had mobilised massively in 2012 and 2013 against a move by Macron’s Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande to legalise marriage for homosexual couples, with one Paris protest attracting 340,000 people according to police.But that law did not allow lesbian couples or single women to have children via in-vitro fertilisation or other medically assisted means, long a taboo in France.Many women have instead been forced to go abroad for such treatments, and French courts had refused to recognise the second mother’s maternity rights in the case of same-sex couples.Under the proposed law, France’s healthcare system would cover the cost of the procedure for all… Read full this story
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