IVF: New Laws for old Demands
Madrid - With the government change in Spain in March this year some of the old laws are being re-written very fast: Elena Salgado, new Health Minister, declared on July 20 she would present to the Minister Conference a new law package regarding some aspects of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The law draft involves the permission to couples to cryo-conserve a higher amount of pre-embryos which can be used until a pregnancy succeeds - the old legislation allowed the use of only three pre-embryos per trial, the over-produced ones had to be destroyed. This forced women, who wanted to get pregnant by IVF, to repeat the hormonal stimulation for over-ovulation every time the process didn't work.
Furthermore the Minister is planning to regulate the pre-selection of IVF-embryos for therapeutic uses, such as to help a first born child in the family (e.g. if it needs a bone marrow transplantation). Salgado wants also to regulate by new laws the donation of frozen pre-embryos, which will not be implanted anymore, for scientific research. To complete the new law package the Minister is elaborating a new law about biomedical research that will involve new aspects of regenerative medicine. Main objective of this is to avoid impediments in research and development for new therapeutic ways for diseases like diabetes or Alzheimer.