Gay Couples Set to Access IVF Treatments in Dutch Clinics From 2019

Gay couples in the Nederland’s are in a celebratory mood as clinics in the Netherlands will start offering IVF treatments to surrogate mothers and gay couples in the coming year per report from Dutch current affairs show known as The Monitor.

The TV show made a survey of all the fertility clinics in Netherlands and was able to find at least two if these clinics who have agreed to provide IVF treatment for gay couples from 2019.

This new development means that gay couples who want to become parents do not have to travel out of the country to make their dreams a reality.

One of the clinics called MC Kinderwens located in Leiderdorp, mentioned that they will require the surrogate mother to also be the egg donor, While the Nij Geertgen IVF treatment facility in Elsendorp will not make emphasis on such requirement.

The Nij Geertgen facility will allow the embryo taken from another woman to be implanted the surrogate mother is not the natural owner of the egg. This process known as high tech surrogacy has not been made available to gay couples in the Nederland’s and this clinic seeks to change that.

On the TV show that aired in the 13th of November, NVOG director Annemiek Nap told a Dutch news outlet that “I think it’s crazy that gay couples, but also women who have medical issues, have to go abroad to fulfil their desire to have children, while all medical and technical expertise and knowledge is in house.”

Mr Nap also told another news outlet that  “Gay couples who desire to have children should be able to access IVF treatment in the Netherlands.”

Two other clinics in Amsterdam and Zwolle are yet to take a stand on the matter.

Does the Dutch law support gay marriages and parenting?

According to the Dutch law, whoever carries a pregnancy to term and delivers a baby is the legal parent regardless of who the donor is.

However, experts say the current state of the law will have to make some adjustments to regulate evolving surrogacy practices better.

In 2014, the Dutch law simplified the process so that the partner who doesn’t carry a pregnancy in a lesbian marriage can also be recognised as a legal parent. This new flexibility has however not affected gay parents who still have to seek a courts approval before they can before they can obtain full parental responsibility of a child born through surrogacy. In the case of child adoption, the gay couple gets joint responsibility automatically.

Back in 2015, a lesbian couple and a polyamorous gay couple decided to all become parents to a single child. The child’s birth mother and one of the gay men were named legal parents of the baby as more than two people cannot be recognised as a child’s legal parent in the Netherlands.

IVF for gay couples is still challenging

Dutch gay couples are not the only gay couples in the world who have to travel far in search of a place to have an IVF treatment done.

In the early parts of the year, the Israeli LGBT community embarked on a strike after a new surrogacy law paid no attention to the needs of gay couples.

According to information gathered from the telegraph last year, in the united kingdom, it has been a struggle for the NHS to meet the demands for IVF treatment for both gay adding straight couples and that has forced many to travel abroad to get treatment.

The France president, President Emmanuel Macron made plans to grant lesbian women and single women access to IVF treatments but the idea was meet with a series of backlash from some parts of the French society.