Poland to Become Last Country in EU to Legislate IVF

In an area where ambiguity is dangerous, Poland has finally decided to legislate IVF practices despite the procedures being available for the last 25 years. There is no clarity as to why this change is happening now, although there has been recent news of a woman who was wrongly implanted with the embryo fertilized by her husband but with another woman’s egg. Despite this case, it is a good sign for the citizens of Poland that legislation is in the works.

According to the BioNews,

‘The current lack of a legal framework for IVF is morally ambiguous and, from a medical standpoint, potentially dangerous,’ said Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.

Drafted by ruling centre-right party, Civic Platform, the Bill has been seen by some as a move to attract voters ahead of a general election later in 2015. The majority of Poles are reportedly in favour of IVF for married couples, but Reuters indicates that Ms Kopacz may have to look outside her party for support on passing the new laws as a threat from more conservatives backbenchers could overrule it.

If the legislation passes, it would allow married and cohabiting couples access to the procedure after 12 months of trying to conceive. The age limit is likely to be capped at 35 for women. And, as it stands, spare embryos left unused for 20 years may not be destroyed.

Links: http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/195727,IVF-mother-gives-birth-to-another-womans-child-in-mixup

http://www.bionews.org.uk/page.asp?obj_id=506554&PPID=507013&sid=580

Keywords: IVF, IVF legislation, Poland IVF, children via IVF, surrogacy, surrogate, embryo mix-up, IVF mistake, IVF law, spare embryos

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