On Monday, the Sejmik of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship almost unanimously adopted a resolution on the petition regarding the development and implementation of an in vitro fertilization program for the inhabitants of this region. The idea of the PSL councilors was supported by almost all the councilors of the ruling Law and Justice party in the voivodship, as well as all the councilors of the opposition. There will now be consultations with local governments on this matter.
On Monday, the Sejmik of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship voted for the draft resolution “on the petition concerning the development and implementation of a program for co-financing infertility treatment by in vitro fertilization for the inhabitants of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship”.
The resolution was passed almost unanimously. 22 people voted “for”, one person abstained from voting. Nobody was against it. The petition was prepared by two councilors of the Polish People’s Party, belonging to the Association of Women in the Center, Jolanta Tyjas and Agata Binkowska.
PiS councilors say “yes” to in vitro
The project passed despite the fact that the power in the voivodship is held by local government officials from Law and Justice – a party that is not famous for its support for this method of treating infertility. That’s the government PIS in 2016, it suspended the nationwide in vitro funding programme.
– There are various methods of eliminating infertility, but this is also the method (in vitro – ed.), which, as it turns out, gave these families offspring. Although there are some objections to this method in the option I represent, there are also – admitted in an interview with TVN24 reporter Ewelina Wojtusik, the marshal of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship, Andrzej Bętkowski (PiS).
Only one PiS councilor, Elżbieta Śreniawska, abstained from the vote. – I speak and vote when I have some knowledge on the subject. Since I have no medical or general knowledge (about in vitro fertilization – ed.), I decided to hold back on this issue (…). I was completely unprepared for this point – admitted Śreniawska.
The first step to in vitro funding
In practice, this is the first step to co-financing in vitro procedures for the inhabitants of the voivodship, but there is still a long way to go before the very beginning of the program.
– We start with consultations with all local governments in our voivodeship. Then we have to send this draft program to Warsaw (to the Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Tariff System – ed.) and after approval we will look for funds to implement this program – explained Marshal Bętkowski.
Co-author of the petition Jolanta Tyjas (PSL) emphasized in an interview with TVN24 that the petition concerns a “significant social problem”. – More than 20 percent of young families struggle with this type of problem (infertility – ed.). Of course, the treatment itself is expensive, so we want to help these families from our province – said the councillor.
In turn, Agata Binkowska (PSL) – the second co-author of the petition – stressed that the vote of the members of the regional assembly is “a good omen”. – We are constantly faced with the fact that in such a limited budgetary formula of local governments this is quite a serious problem, but we are convinced that the voivodeship self-government will be able to handle it. We also know that some smaller local governments subsidize in vitro fertilization, and this is a very expensive procedure – she emphasized.
A similar petition has also been submitted to other local governments that do not yet implement their own in vitro funding programme.
Main photo source: TVN24