People desperate to have children are a great source of income for canny businesspeople. The market for eggs, IVF and surrogacy is huge. If nature doesn't oblige, medical science plus commercial providers will help – if you can afford it.
Conservative activists gathered in Paris streets to protest a bill that would allow single and lesbian women to receive fertility treatment. The protesters have argued that children need a father figure.
Germany is one of the few European countries where surrogate motherhood and egg donation are completely banned. But there is a growing movement for overturning, or at least softening, a law many consider outdated.
France's lower house approved a bioethics law allowing homosexual couples and single women to use medically assisted reproduction methods. But it still needs the go-ahead from France's upper house.
A group of doctors in Germany is calling for new reproductive health laws. They say the current legislation is outdated, as the science has moved on. They want human egg donations to be legalized and to make IVF safer.
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