Thu, 11 Aug 2022

YAOUNDE, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's National Assembly on Wednesday definitively adopted a law that will allow married and unmarried couples access to medically assisted reproduction (MAR) for the first time.

The country's Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie said, it was a breakthrough in the medical sector.

"This bill is very important for our families and our country. It will make the child, family and entire society more comfortable," Manaouda told reporters after defending the bill in the capital, Yaounde.

The man and woman applying for MAR must be united by the bond of marriage, if they are not married, their union must be certified by a social inquiry report, officials said.

"This practice has been going on in Cameroon but there was no legal backing. Finally we have a legal backing that will cover those who wish to have children through such means. This will give opportunity for couples who have not been able to have children to now legally have them," lawmaker, Prodencia Injoh told Xinhua.

The new law also provides hospitals conducting or seeking to conduct MAR with a legal framework governing their activities and gives public authorities with a suitable sector control and regulatory tool.

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