On Tuesday, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted a legal framework for in-vitro fertilisation after “years of passionate debate”. To date, in-vitro fertilisation has only been carried out in private establishments for an “average cost of approximately €2,000” and was not covered by public funding. The law adopted on Tuesday grants access to MAP for “married or registered” couples and prohibits recourse to anonymous gamete donors. It authorises the creation of three embryos per cycle and bans embryo freezing.
Lithuania therefore joins forces with European countries paying for MAP procedures unlike countries such as Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania and Poland (see In Poland, the government wishes to fund NaProTech rather than IVF).