In Scotland, NHS covers in-vitro fertilisation for gay couple

Publié le : 18 February 2019

In Scotland, in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) for a married gay couple will be covered for the first time by the National Health Service (NHS), which will fund “the process of fertilising a donor egg and implanting the embryo into the surrogate mother“.

 

Since 2013, NHS guidelines have granted same-sex couples and single women in Scotland, England and Wales access to free fertility treatment. However, until now, male gay couples could not have NHS funding because of the general ban on gestational surrogacy (GS).

 

Reacting to this new policy, Josephine Quintavalle, founder of the public interest group Comment On Reproductive Ethics, said that it was “a total deviation from what constitutes a real fertility problem“.

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