Mariano Rajoy’s Spanish government has just unveiled its intention "to exclude lesbians and single women from medically assisted procreation (MAP) programmes in public hospitals". According to the government, this technique can only be used to address sterility problems.
Without referring to patients’ sexual preferences or civil status, Health Minister Ana Mato nevertheless stated that "the absence of a male is not a medical problem". Consequently, "single women and lesbian couples who wish to undergo artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilisation will no longer be treated by public hospitals" unless they can demonstrate a fertility problem. However, this does not prevent them from contacting private clinics which are "highly sought after in Spain for their role in assisted reproduction".