SNP cancels fertility treatment for women who have not been vaccinated: ‘Inhumane!’
The SNP has cancelled fertility treatment for unvaccinated women, a move that has been dubbed “inhumane.”
The decision was made due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and to protect unvaccinated women, according to the Scottish Government.
However, Jackie Baillie, a health spokeswoman for Scottish Labour, described the decision as “inhumane.”
“It’s heartbreaking for those couples who have their infertility treatment canceled at the last minute,” she said.
“Of course, I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is the best form of protection against the virus, but the rules were unclear at first, and treating these women in this manner is inhumane.”
“The Scottish Government needs to reconsider its position immediately.”
Jemma McDonald, 25, and her partner, Hayden Brown, had hoped to begin IVF treatment soon.
“At first, the government said we shouldn’t get the vaccinations,” Ms McDonald of Glasgow’s Govan told the Daily Record.
“I simply believe there is insufficient evidence about what might happen to a baby in three or four years.”
“I haven’t had a chance to speak with anyone about it yet.”
“It’s difficult enough to go through IVF without seeing the finish line and then being thrown back to square one.”
According to the latest data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and the Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK), unvaccinated pregnant women and their babies have died after being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, and 98 percent of pregnant women in ICU with coronavirus are unvaccinated.
According to statistics, 88 percent of women who died during pregnancy or within six weeks of delivery were not vaccinated.
The decision will be reviewed next month, and older unvaccinated women who pass the age limit while waiting for treatment to resume will not be denied treatment.
After a report in October found that 89 percent of pregnant Covid patients admitted to critical care units in Scotland were unvaccinated, the SNP introduced new rules.
“Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases and concerns about the impact on unvaccinated women, ministers have decided to temporarily defer fertility treatment for women who are not fully vaccinated,” a Scottish Government spokesman said.
“We are still reviewing the evidence and expect to revisit this decision early this year.”