Faced with opposition, French government dithers over artificial insemination for lesbians

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For weeks it has been an issue that has divided not just public opinion but also the ruling Socialist Party. Should lesbians who want children should get access to medically-assisted procreation - by in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination? After changes of stance and tactics, the government has finally announced that the measure will now included in new family legislation later in 2013. But some critics fear that time is being lost – while others say that it has simply opened up a second front for opponents. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.

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For weeks the issue has divided the ruling Socialist Party. Finally on Wednesday January 9th the question of whether lesbians wanting children should get access to medically-assisted procreation (MAP) - by in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination - was settled when prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed that the measure would be included in fresh legislation later this year.