The French bishops said proposals to extend fertility treatments to lesbian couples and single women would harm society by removing fatherhood from the lives of children.
In a recently-published eight-page statement, the bishops predicted that liberalisation of the law would also lead to the social acceptance of surrogacy, the rise of eugenics and the notion that children were commodities to please adults.
They said opening medically assisted procreation to all women would remove biological and social references to fathers from the family and “would undermine the good of the child, who would be deprived of his reference to double parentage, whatever his mental abilities of adaptation.”
“The legal suppression of the father would socially encourage the reduction or even the eviction of the father’s responsibilities,” said the statement, “The Dignity of Procreation.”
“Such a drift would pose not only an anthropological but also a psychological and social problem,” the statement said.
“Could we collectively accept that man is considered a mere supplier of genetic materials and that human procreation is thus akin to manufacturing?” it asked.
Picture: The LGBT rainbow flag is displayed on the facade of the National Assembly in Paris. (CNS photo/Christopher Petit Tesson, EPA).