French Protest Liberalizing Reproductive Laws

On October 6, 2019, thousands of French citizens took to the streets of Paris to peacefully protest against a bill that would cover the cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and similar procedures for single women and women identifying as lesbians.

According to the New York Post, the protesters carried signs that read “‘Where is my dad?’” One demonstrator said, “‘They are making legislation so that a person will not have a father anymore. That’s scandalous.’” Another added, “‘We are heading toward a commercialization of the human being, a commercialization of procreation and that scares me.’”

The proposed law would cause the French health care system to pay for fertility-related procedures for all women under the age of 43. Significantly, however, the Post reports that the bill would not allow for IVF to be used within the context of surrogate pregnancies. Surrogacy is illegal in France.

Would it surprise you to learn that the laws of New York on IVF and surrogacy are more liberal than the laws of France? It’s true. New York passed a law mandating insurance coverage for IVF earlier this year. State law already allows for altruistic surrogacy (acting as a surrogate mother without being paid to do so). While paid surrogacy legislation has failed to pass the New York State Assembly, it passed the State Senate for the first time in 2019 and is supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Here’s a question: Why aren’t Christian New Yorkers just as outraged as the French protesters?

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