The Grand Orient of France (GOF), the National Grand Lodge of France (GLF), the French Federation of the Masonic Order mixed international human rights, the Grand Lodge Mixed of France, and the Federation of Free Thought, were heard on August 30, 2019 by the Special Commission for the Revision of Bioethics Laws.
On August 29, 2019, after hearing the objections and reservations of the religious representatives—with Mgr Pierre d'Ornellas, for the Catholic Church—the Special Commission charged with the revision of the bioethics laws listened to five Masonic obediences, the next day.
La Croix, which referred the August 30, 2019 meeting on its online news site, explained that contrary to the religious representatives, the masonic leaders, “in spite of some nuances,” all showed themselves to be in favor of opening medically assisted procreation (PMA) to all women.
The Federation of Free Thought well summarized the thought of the Masons: “homosexual couples...as well as single women must be able to satisfy their desire for a child like all individuals,” explained Dominique Goussot.
Always in the lead, the Grand Orient de France (GOF) appears to be open to surrogacy (GPA), which is not part of the revision project. More nuanced on the form, the Grand Lodge of France (GLF) envisages GPA only in certain cases.
From taking positions that are not surprising since, Freemasonry—as Pope Leo XIII wrote in 1884 in the encyclical Humanum Genus—allows “no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority.”
And we do not expect the Freemasons to simply play the supporting roles in the bioethical debate: Pascal Neveu, president of the National Commission for Public Health and Bioethics of the Grand Orient of France, warned in July 2018, with a consummate art of understatement, that its goal is to “help the legislator so that he can decide serenely, with an enlightened conscience, as to the world we wish for ourselves as well as our parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren.”
“A conscience without God is a tribunal without a judge,” wrote Lamartine—“Les Fils De La Veuve” would be well advised to re-examine their standards.