5,000 children without a father are born through fertility treatment: And now lesbians will get IVF on taxpayer
By Daniel Martin and Jenny Hope, Mailonline
- Number of births surged since the law was controversially changed in 2008
- Women aged 40 to 42 will also now qualify for state-funded fertility treatment
- Lesbians with proven infertility will also be able to get free IVF
Five thousand fatherless children have been born to lesbian couples and single mothers following fertility treatment in the past decade, the Daily Mail can reveal.
The figure emerged on the day that it was announced that lesbians and older women are due to get free IVF on the taxpayer.
Women aged 40 to 42 will qualify for state-funded fertility treatment for the first time, according to the guidelines from the health spending watchdog NICE. Previously, the watchdog did not recommend IVF on the NHS for the over-39s.
And – despite fears the cash-strapped health service cannot afford extra burdens – women in same-sex relationships with proven infertility will also be able to get free IVF. Up until now, lesbian couples have had to pay privately for such treatment.
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