“Procreative tourism”: the Order of Doctors calls for a “European solution”

Publié le : 19 February 2013

 Following on the circular of the Ministry of Health reminding doctors of the criminal charges that they incur if they pass on information about foreign clinics or institutions to French couples wishing to benefit from medically assisted procreation (Gènéthique press review from 4th to 8th of february 2013), the National Council of the Order of Doctors (CNOM) has reacted in a press release. Dr Michel Legmann, president of the CNOM, called for "a rapid European solution." While recognising that “the legislations of the European countries are disparate or even contradictory," he indicated that he would welcome the results of the "inquiry undertaken at European level by the Biomedicine Agency to harmonise the rules on MAP." Reacting to the measure whereby doctors who pass on information may be prosecuted, the CNOM declared that it "did not accept the stigmatisation of practitioners" and "called for a study on the ethical practices of gynaecologists-obstetricians in their treatment of infertility." Lastly, the press release points out that the CNOM "reiterates its trust in the specialists and expresses its indignation over the identification of the profession with the criminal behaviour of some individuals who, if the facts became known, would be punished by the Order’s disciplinary bodies."

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