The Queer French Artist Fighting for the Right to Have a Baby

​On the next episode of VICELAND's show GAYCATION, host Ian meets with Émilie Jouvet, a French artist whose work depicts the struggles of the queer community in France. Émilie invites Ian to participate in her new project which focuses on the forbidden...

by Meghan Ross
Sep 21 2016, 5:20pm

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French law currently prevents single and queer women from access to assisted reproduction, forcing those who seek artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to travel to other countries to receive it legally. However, a French doctor can be imprisoned for five years and fined 75,000 euros, just for giving a single or queer women the address of a clinic in another country.

French artist Émilie Jouvet, whose work highlights the struggles of France's queer community, focuses on the forbidden attempts of LGBTQ women to start their own families in her most recent project. Jouvet compares her situation—fighting for the right to have a baby—to the similar legal restraints faced by French women before her, particularly those who fought for the right to have an abortion.

The full episode airs September 21 at 10:30 PM on VICELAND.