Parliament to debate IVF bill
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A parliamentary debate is set for Thursday which will look at five proposed variants of a much-contested bill on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
IVF treatment Photo: Glowimages
The government-backed bill prepared by the Health Ministry envisages married and cohabiting couples being able to apply for IVF procedures, although does not allow for embryos to be produced for any other purposes than IVF treatment, with a cap on the number of fertilised eggs limited to six.
Both bills proposed by the Democratic Left Alliance and Your Movement are mostly in line with the government bill, while a project proposed by the conservative Law and Justice forbids the creation of embryos outside the female body.
Church takes a step back
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in Poland has said that it “will not excommunicate MPs” because of the IVF vote.
The announcement comes after the Polish Episcopate appealed to Catholic MPs to vote in accordance with the official stance of the Church, which opposes the fertilisation method.
According to Polish bishops, the government’s IVF bill permits use of the procedure “without undertaking a proper effort to cure the real reason of infertility”, as well as “disregards the wellbeing of the child with regards to the assurance that it will be born into a stable and full family, which is taken into account during adoption procedures”. (jb)