Petition against limiting fertility treatments in Finland
“May 31st 2006 the legal committee of the Finnish parliament has decided to ban fertility treatments from everyone not living in a heterosexual partnership.
“The proposal is discriminating, as it would treat individuals unequally as receivers of health services on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation. In this proposal the conservative opinions of individual members of parliament run over the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
If accepted, this law would put an end to forms of treatments that have been practiced for years without any problems. Until now these treatments have been available for all, and the decision has been given to the doctors who evaluate each case individually. No particular problems have occurred that would justify the planned restrictions, nor has academic research found any grounds for restrictions.
Through fertility treatments and other means many children have and will been born to female couples and single women. For them the decision of the legal committee is an especially negative signal. Moreover, it is not possible to prevent the formation and existence of these kinds of families through legislation.
This proposal is the first attempt in Finland in over 30 years to restrict the rights of individuals only based on sexual orientation or marital status. This is not acceptable in a country of democracy and rule of law.”