05/26/2015 03:55 EDT | Updated 05/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Quebec Proposes Changes To Allow Women Over 42 To Have In Vitro

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In vitro fertilization, Reproductive biology laboratory University hospital of Rouen, France. (Photo by: Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images)
QUEBEC - Quebec is proposing changes to its in vitro fertilization legislation that could allow women over 42 to have access to the program.

Until now Bill 20 provided for the government-financed treatment to be available only for women between the ages of 18 and 42.

Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Tuesday the province's college of physicians will be responsible for determining the criteria to determine who is eligible for the fertilization.

Another proposed change is the abolition of a rule that would have required women to be eligible only after signing a statement saying they had been sexually active for a long period.

Barrette said earlier this year the objective was to allow nature to take its course and to ensure that the complex and costly medical procedure was not used unnecessarily.

On Tuesday, Barrette said the regulation would have been difficult to apply.


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