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Polish senators reject in vitro bill
   
Upper house Senate's health committee voted in favor of rejecting government bill on in vitro fertilization as two senators from the ruling party Civic Platform (PO) were absent and one PO senator abstained.

On June 25 Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, adopted a bill on financing IVF, rejecting opposition amendments on limiting the availability of the procedure to marriages and limiting the number of fertilized eggs which may be used in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.

Most of the ruling coalition voted for the bill, while the main opposition, conservative, Law and Justice (PiS) party voted against, saying that IVF breaks the constitutional right to life and treats embryos as an object rather than a human being.

PO plays down the results of the committee voting and expects the bill to be passed in the current form.

IVF has been performed in Poland for the last 25 years but remained unregulated because of opposition from the Catholic Church and the right.

The new law would embrace all forms of infertility, which has become a civilization ailment affecting around 1.5 million couples in Poland.