Single ladies may get IVF soon in Sweden
The Swedish government is now mulling whether or not to create a law that will make in vitro fertilisation (IVF) possible for single women living in Sweden. If the proposal is approved, it will become effective on 1 July 2015.
A government-funded study in Sweden has suggested that single women should be given access to IVF if they want to have children rather than travel abroad to take the procedure. As of now, only married women or those in long-term partnerships can access this treatment in Sweden.
The ban on IVF for single mothers was implemented in the belief that a child has the right to two parents.
However, the study argued that a single woman is now capable of raising a child by herself. Investigator Eva Wendel Rosberg said ‘I think the winds are changing, people have different opinions about assisted fertilisation today compared to ten years ago.
‘We need changes to the law and we propose to make it possible.’
According to the study, the doctor should determine if the woman asking for IVF is capable of taking care of her child by herself. Once the proposal becomes law, investigators estimated that around 1,500 to 2,000 women may take the treatment.