The Big Question

    Should people be tested for their suitability as parents
    before undergoing fertility treatment?

    Jean Stogdon Carer and Grand- parents Plus
    chair

    No. Nobody is trained or assessed before they become parents,
    and the situation for couples facing IVF is stressful enough.
    Infertility treatment often lasts a long time and there are
    opportunities for professionals to informally assess people.

    Karen Shook Disability equality adviser

    Applications for treatment are considered individually and
    should not include suitability tests. Who decides who is a
    “suitable parent”? This is the sort of discrimination perpetrated
    by the Nazis when they decided who would be “allowed” to
    “breed”.

    Joan Scott Action Unlimited

    No. People who want IVF treatment should have the same rights as
    anyone else to have children. Rules about who can be parents will
    be used against people with learning difficulties. Social services
    said I should not have a second child but I have successfully
    brought up seven!

    Angie Lawrence Single parent

    No. The decision whether to treat should be left to clinical
    judgement, and also be less bureaucratic. Nobody checks the
    suitablility of parents whose children are born as a result of
    unplanned pregnancies. At least IVF couples are sure that they want
    children

     

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