New Dutch guidelines for IVF
Progress Educational Trust21 June 2010
Gynaecologists in Holland can now refuse access to IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment to women they deem to be unsuitable. This includes those who have 'unstable relationships' or serious psychological problems.
The new guidelines set out by the Dutch gynaecologists association state that IVF treatment can be refused on the grounds that the future child could be at potential risk.
Furthermore, people who have previously abused children, who have drug addictions, poor education or have serious hereditary diseases can also be refused IVF treatment.
Until now it had been gynaecologists' personal judgement whether to provide the treatment or not, which meant that women refused at one clinic could search for another willing to provide the treatment.
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