268 MPs voted for the adoption of the law, 118 voted against it, and 50 abstained from voting. The proposal was mainly supported by the trio of pro-European formations – the Citizens’ Coalition, the Third Way and the New Left, which now have a majority in the Sejm. From the largest national-conservative party Law and Justice (PiS), which abolished the previously functioning law in 2016, 23 MPs voted for its re-adoption, the Polish daily reports.
According to a new decision of the Sejm, the Ministry of Health is now to develop, implement and finance a medical program for the treatment of infertility, which will include the method of assisted reproduction (IVF). The state allocates 500 million zlotys (just under three billion crowns) annually for this program, writes Rzeczpospolita.
The bill, which was signed by half a million Poles, was presented by the Citizens’ Legislative Initiative (OIU) in the Sejm in March this year. The initiative was created in 2012 with the aim of enabling Poles to submit their draft laws to the Sejm.
The National Infertility Treatment Program in Poland already operated in 2013-2016 and thanks to it, more than 20,000 children were born, according to the newspaper. In 2016, the then-ruling PiS party repealed the law, but some municipalities decided to continue supporting it from their own budgets.