Empica Managing Director, Martin Powell addressed a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels on infertility policy in the European Union.
With our client Louise Brown, who was the first person in the world to be conceived through IVF, he delivered part of the keynote speech. The event called for sustained action to address infertility health inequalities across Europe.
Hosted by Romanian MEP Norica Nicolai, the event also saw the release of a policy audit that revealed numerous barriers to access infertility services across the European Union.
Martin pointed out how the problems faced by Louise’s mum Lesley Brown before Louise she was born in 1978 are still challenges being faced by 25 million EU citizens today.
The debate was attended by Spanish MEP Beatriz Becerra and vice-President of the European Parliament and Spanish MEP Ramon Luis Valcarcel showed his support by sending a video message.
The audit, supported by Merck and produced by Fertility Europe and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, a coalition of patient advocates and infertility medical specialists, looked at the facts across nine EU countries.
Those attending called for infertility to be treated as a medical condition with rights in the workplace for those seeking help. Policies in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK were examined.
Posted: 31 March 2017