IVF laws changed

A major relaxation of IVF rules was announced by Government ministers yesterday.

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The changes will make it easier for single people and lesbians to receive fertility treatment on the NHS.

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Under current laws, fertility clinics have to consider the baby’s need for a father before providing treatment. But the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill says this is no longer necessary.

The draft legislation bans couples from choosing the gender of their child. It also tightens the law on screening embryos for diseases, a subject of heated ethical debate as it could lead to parents aborting potentially unhealthy babies and see insurance companies refusing people with a genetic illness.

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The Government is also recommending a change to the rules over the use of frozen sperm and the issue of withdrawal of consent.

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