6 Sep 2009

Free fertility rights for Lesbians on the NHS!

Now that I am back to blogging, I have just got to get this little irritation off my chest. Since the amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act came into force earlier this year which removed the need for providers offering fertility services such as IVF to take into account the need for a Father when considering the future welfare of the child, many LGBT organisations have been stating that the NHS now offers free fertility treatment for Lesbians. This is not actually accurate. Free fertility treatment has always been available for all women. However, single women and Lesbian couples were basically at the back at the list and often denied access because of the previous requirements that amongst other matters when considering the welfare of the child included this need to consider the need a father. When due to the arduous campaigning of LGBT organisations, trade unionists, LGBT supporters we succeeded in getting an amendment we had to go with a compromise which was to consider the need for supportive parenting. The new Act also introduced other rights for same-sex parents bringing parenting into the 21st century at last.

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