Transgender woman cannot be child's 'mother': French court
France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife, in a ruling described as "scandalous" by her lawyer.
Born male, the applicant was recognised as a woman by French authorities in 2011. She then had a child with her wife in 2014, having not undergone the operation to have her male reproductive organs removed.
In 2018, an appeals court in the city of Montpellier ascribed her the status of "biological parent", a new category.
But the Cour de Cassation threw out most of that ruling on Wednesday, and refered the case back to a lower court for a new hearing.
The woman's lawyer, Clelia Richard, described the ruling as "scandalous" and said it was a "lost opportunity."
"The fight is unfortunately not over," she said.
"The ruling is a considerable step backwards towards a concept of parenthood that was believed to be long buried," said Bertrand Perier of the APGL association of gay and lesbian parents.