IVF legislation should be inclusive and realistic – AD
The IVF legislation should be inclusive and realistic, Alternattiva Demokratika said during a press conference held this morning in Imsida.
The Chairperson of AD Michael Briguglio said: "It is unfortunate that both Nationalist and Labour Parties are agreeing to deny the right to IVF to persons who are single or in relationships not approved by the draft legislation, such as same-sex relationships. This only confirms that AD's presence in parliament is essential for progressive proposals".
Angele Deguara, AD Spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights, said: "AD considers the IVF law which is being debated in parliament as lacking on a number of fronts. While it is important for IVF treatment to be finally regulated, we believe that free IVF treatment offered by the public health service should facilitate matters rather than make it difficult for those having to deal with infertility problems”.
She added that the ban on the freezing of embryos will not only make the treatment more expensive but will also be basing the treatment on a new technology which tends to have a lower success rate than embryo freezing. Furthermore, AD believes that the number of fertilised cells implanted in a woman's womb should not exceed two in order to minimise the risks involved both for mothers and babies. This makes the freezing of embryos all the more essential.”