/ IVF and the Welfare of Women
year we celebrate 40 years of IVF, with over 250,000 children
now successfully conceived in the UK. Each and every day, families across the
country celebrate this miraculous chance to start a family.
However, 40 years on and there is still a glaring omission in IVF law: the welfare of women.
For some women, this life-changing opportunity comes with life-changing consequences.
Lee was 25 when high dosages of IVF led her to have a heart attack. But she is not alone. Last year, around 3,700 women undergoing IVF suffered from severe Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome. Lee is calling for an explicit commitment to women's welfare to be added to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act and Siobhain has brought a Bill to Parliament calling for this law to be amended.
Because of the absence of the welfare of women in the Act, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is unable to monitor or regulate guidelines on clinical practices relating to the administration of drugs and dosages during IVF. This is particularly important in light of the overwhelming evidence that drug protocols can cause women such extremely adverse health effects.
How can you help? By signing Lee's petition here and sharing with any friends and family! If it reaches 100,000 signatures then there is a strong chance it will be debated in Parliament. Please sign and share!