Seimas passes requirement for indefinite storage of unused embryos
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Lithuanian parliament passed on Tuesday amendments, initiated by the Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), to the new Law on Assisted Reproduction, putting into place the requirement to indefinitely store unused embryo and allowing embryo donation.
Amendments to Lithuania's new Law on Assisted Reproduction, which has not yet come into force, are submitted to the parliament on Tuesday with the aim of returning to a conservative version of the bill that limited the number of embryos created during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis believes that Lithuania should keep in place the current Law on Assisted Reproduction that does not limit the number of embryos that can be created a time and allows freezing them.
Healthcare providers in Lithuania stopped offering assisted reproduction treatment to new patients after a new law took effect in January as they have to renew their licenses, the director of the State Health Care Accreditation Agency said on Thursday.