A woman can keep an embryo of another couple in her womb, Labour Women propose

The Organisation of Labour Women (Ghaqda Nisa Laburisti) has proposed that in the IVF law reform, the Government should consider the possibility that a woman can keep an embryo of another couple in her womb, provided this is not done for commercial purposes.

This was one of ten proposals the Labour Women presented to the Inter-Ministerial Committee that is studying the revision of the embryo protection law, which will provide for controls on IVF procedures.  Public consultation on the revised law ended on 10th August with the committee receiving 25 proposal, including those from the Church.

The Labour Women Organisation even proposed to change the name of the law to reflect more the issue of fertility treatment. It also proposed that the law will permit the freezing of embryos so that a woman will not undergo another treatment in case the first one does not lead to her pregnancy.

Another proposal was the elimination of certain legal restrictions on the age on those who receive treatment but the age factor will be determined by the professionals performing the medical procedure.

The Labour Women are in favour of the donations of eggs and sperm for fertilisation even through the exchange of eggs and sperm with foreign banks.  They said that the future of non-viable embryos should be extended by the persons involved in the IVF process.

Government statistics show that during the past 30 months, 411 IVF procedures were carried out in Malta, with 81 cycles made at the IVF clinic at Mater Dei Hospital since the beginning of this year.  116 pregnancy resulted from these cycles, which means that the success rate of 28% is well compared with the success rate in England.

 

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