Women seeking IVF treatment ‘should have legal right to time off’ | Scotland

Women seeking or undergoing fertility treatment must be given legal protections including time off to attend appointments, the MSP behind Scotland’s free period products law has urged.

Ministers are being pressed to make it illegal for companies to dismiss, demote or punish female staff who are trying to get pregnant via IVF. They are also being encouraged to introduce a legal right to time off for fertility-related medical appointments.

At present legal safeguards against pregnancy-related discrimination are valid only after conception has been confirmed.

Monica Lennon, the Scottish Labour MSP whose bill led to Scotland becoming the first country in the world to enshrine the right to free period products in law, has backed the extension of legal protections.

“No one should be forced out