Uruguayan Parliament approves law for free in vitro fertilization and surrogacy

Single men and male homosexual couples will not yet have access to assisted reproduction. Lesbians will.
Thu Nov 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, November 21, 2013 ( – Uruguay’s Parliament approved a law last Tuesday allowing women to rent their wombs for assisted reproduction and permitting in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure in which an estimated 95 percent of embryos are either discarded, perish in a Petri dish, or die in the womb.

Nestor Martinez, member of the Uruguayan pro-life organization National Coordinating Board for Life, described the new law as a “milestone” in “the process of decomposition of Uruguayan society.”

“The Uruguayan Parliament has taken yet another dark and terrible step towards the legalization of genocide,” he declared.

Left-wing and right-wing parties passed the law with almost total unanimity. In all, 59 voted in favor and one voted against.

The new law will compel National Health System hospitals to cover the costs for “low complexity” procedures (inside the woman’s womb) for women 40 and under, and the National Resource Fund will have to cover “high complexity” procedures (outside the womb) for up to three tries.

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The law states that these “services” are for couples with a biological impediment to conceive as well as for “women with an independent civil status.”

It will, however, not allow for single men or male homosexual couples to access assisted reproduction. Lesbians will be able to do so. Congressman Daniel Radío lamented this “discrimination.”

Senator Luis Gallo explained to the Uruguayan news service El País that the recent approval of gay “marriage” this past April, “opened up the possibility that homosexual couples have access to procedures which are designed to solve infertility issues. This is currently being discussed, and a modification is possible.”

Alfredo Solari, president for the Health Commission also said to El País that homosexuals require “high complexity” procedures to “conceive,” which are more costly.

“Lots of ethical issues rise up even when treating heterosexual couples. With homosexual couples this complexity is infinitely multiplied,” he concluded.


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