Social and Employment Matters Committee has asked the parliament to exclude amendments to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Law from today’s agenda. The amendments in question are meant to lift the restriction to import and export donor gametes for in vitro fertilization purposes.
The reason behind the decision to postpone the vote was technical. According to what Einars Cilinskis told LETA, it is necessary to formulate the draft differently. It is planned to view the draft again on 16 June.
It should be noted that amendments that limit the right of women to take care of their own body has caused a resonance among human rights activists. As a result, around 100 people gathered near the Saeima today, holding up posters with slogans like «Gametes belong to women, not the state!», «Not your body, not your choice!», «30 periods before elections», etc.
At the same time, criticisms have been voiced towards members of the committee, specifically that they did not take into account the opinion of society or experts of the industry. For example, Saeima’s invitation to ManaBalss.lv initiative’s author to participate in a discussion of the Social Health Sub-committee stated the wrong date. According to the initiative’s author, «it is an example of blatant ignoring of society’s interests and prevention of authors of the initiative to express their opinion».
Lack of scientific research was also mentioned by Dace Matule, President of Gynecologists and Obstetricians Association.
Ex-President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga has said that any woman of healthy reproductive age is able to donate gametes. Exceptions should only be applied in relation to risk factors that could affect the integrity of the genetic material.
Here is a look at the protest act that was seen outside of the Saeima on 9 June: