the applause, the national Assembly has again voted Wednesday evening to the opening of the LDCS to all women, a leading measure of the bill on bioethics considered on second reading, in spite of the strong opposition from the right. Passionately debated since Tuesday evening, that article 1 of the comprehensive project of law was adopted by 66 votes, 27 against, and 3 abstentions, several political groups being shared.
The medically assisted procreation (PMA), which enables us to have a child through various medical techniques (artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization...), is currently reserved for heterosexual couples. Campaign promise of Emmanuel Macron, the LDCS extended to lesbian couples and single women, supported by the majority and the left, will be reimbursed by social Security.
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A version almost identical at first read
As desired by the government, the deputies voted for a version of this article 1 is nearly identical to that following the first reading last October. Despite divisions in the majority, they have rejected the new PMA, post-mortem, with the gametes of a deceased spouse, or the opening of the LDCS to male transgender people. Same fate for the egg donation in a couple of women (a technique known as ROPA), in which the right saw as a "shift to a surrogacy" (GPA, use of a surrogate mother).
The Assembly has removed another addition is recently in commission, relating to the matching (seeking a donor with similar characteristics, in particular physical). This widespread practice is contrary to the "spirit" of the bill, which is to "lift the taboo" of the LDCS, and not to sow "confusion" by a physical resemblance with the parent or parents, have justified several members LREM.
"love is the basis of the family home"
Very active in the chamber, the right mainly brought the iron against this article 1, subject to more than 550 amendments, on some 2,300 members to consider by the end of the week.
The LR have denounced tirelessly the creation of "orphans of the fathers," or the risk of the "commodification of reproduction", reiterating their concern that the opening of the LDCS does not lead "inevitably" to the GPA. The minister of Health Olivier Veran has opposed that, "love is the base of the fireplace of the family", proclaiming a new right to "thousands of families who will thousands of children".
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Small satisfaction for the main opposition group: the Assembly has voted to amend LR stating that the members of the couple are "two". Its author, Xavier Breton was concerned to see one day a "couple three", in other words, a "trouple", wanting a child. And thanks to the votes of the LR, an amendment of the "walker" anti-PMA for all Blandine Brocard has been adopted, which provides for the delivery to the candidates of the "conclusions of past studies" on "the medical disorders caused by the LDCS.