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Sweden could legalize IVF for single mothers

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12:37 CEST+02:00
Single women in Sweden should no longer need to travel abroad for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), a new inquiry has proposed. If applied, single women would have the same reproductive rights as women in a relationship.
 
The proposal, based on a government-funded study, was handed over to the government on Friday
 
"We need changes to the law and we propose to make it possible," investigator Eva Wendel Rosberg told the TT news agency.
 
Today, single women in Sweden have no choice but to travel abroad if they want IVF treatment. Married women and those in long-term partnerships, meanwhile, have full access to IVF treatment at home. The differential treatment is based on a perception that a child has the right to two parents.
 
"This would, in a way, take a step away from that. I think the winds are changing though, people have different opinions about assisted fertilization today compared to ten years ago," Wendel Rosberg added.
 
The proposal suggested that a doctor should determine whether the mother is capable of taking care of the child by herself.
 

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The report authors estimated that should the proposed law changes take effect, between 1,500 and 2,000 single women would take up the chance to get IVF treatment in Sweden every year.
 
If passed, the law would come into effect on July 1st, 2015.

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