Czech ministry pushes fertility treatment for single women
The Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has come up with a proposal to make assisted reproduction treatment available to single women. Under the current practice, assisted reproduction treatment in the Czech Republic is only available to women who have a partner. If the proposal is approved, the Czech Republic would join other European countries, such as Denmark, Belgium or the UK, which have already made that option available.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Michaela Marksová, outlines the reasons behind the proposal:
“I know several women who found themselves in a very difficult situation, when a doctor told them: if you ever want to have a child, you should do it immediately via IVF, but those women did not have a partner at that moment.”
Although the changes are intended for all women regardless of their sexual orientation, the change would be particularly welcome by lesbian couples, says Zdeněk Sloboda of Proud, a Czech initiative promoting the rights of homosexuals:
The change would also be welcome by the country’s IVF clinics, whose number has been steadily growing in recent years and currently numbers around 40. Some 40 percent of the clinics’ clients are foreigners and the change to the legislation would likely boost business.
“In the Czech Republic as well as in other developed countries, the age of women who are having their first child keeps increasing. So we would like for those women who need to go through the IVF treatment to have better chances that they will really have the child.”
The number of IVF pregnancies in the Czech Republic has been increasing in recent years. In 2013, around 4,500 children were born via IVF treatment and currently infertility concerns every fifth couple.