Assisted fertilisation for single women

For many people, becoming a parent is an important stage in life. It is important that involuntarily childless single women also have possibilities to have children. The legislation regulating these possibilities must be based on the best interests of the child and the principle of equal treatment, and develop as society develops.

Society’s contribution to fulfilling an individual’s desire to have children must always focus on the best interests of the child.

The Government is now proposing that single women be given the same access to assisted fertilisation within the Swedish health care system as married couples, registered partners and cohabiting partners. If the bill is approved, a single woman who undergoes such treatment would be the child’s sole legal parent. 

“Families can take different forms, and many children today grow up in family groups other than the traditional nuclear family. It is high time that single women are given the same access to assisted fertilisation as married couples, registered partners and cohabiting partners. With this bill, Sweden can finally achieve modern legislation in this area,” says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

It is proposed that the bill enter into force on 1 April 2016.