Medically Assisted Reproduction: Illegal insemination in France

Publié le : 19 October 2018

Although illegal, doctors are already offering patients the option to undergo artificial insemination.

 

Sarah is gay and has an 8-year-old son, conceived through medically assisted fertilisation. She recounts how her gynaecologist “treated her like any other patient in her surgery adopting the ‘no questions asked’ approach regarding her business”. She added that she “had her own circle of young donors […] “—young men, often university educated, who received around 150 Euros. The gynaecologist performed the insemination herself using freshly donated sperm.

 

If the authorities had known of her practices, the gynaecologist would face “a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of 75,000 euros”.

 

When interviewed on this issue, Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn declared: “It’s the first I’ve heard about this (…) I’ve nothing to say to these women, we are referring to an illegal practice”, before going on to explain: “We will be presenting a bill to MPs in the coming months”.

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