In response to Ann Farmer: A baby is a gift to be treasured, not a human right,
One of the better of the all too many ‘reorganisations’ of the NHS is the creation of CCGs which are practitioner-led. In an imperfect world there is at least some hope of rationality. I’m afraid the risks in fertility and pregnancy and birth grow with age. The first heresy that reality introduces to the ‘me’ generation. Secondly of course children are most likely to prosper with two parents and a stable family home, another heresy to the have-it-all ‘me’. Not to mention that the NHS is effectively a rationing organisation and has to make choices about what has to be treated out of its finite taxpayer-funded income. Difficulty in conception is not nearly so pressing as life-threatening illnesses. In the real world, if the health service is to do more fertility treatments, it has to do less of something else.
Thank goodness CCGs are trying to make such choices for us based on reality, though all too often politicians wade in on the side of the latest ‘sob story’. We could of course go to a private medicine system where the ‘rationing’ is done by who can pay. And of course we could also do the revolutionary act of making available the factual information about the ‘biological clock’ and how nature isn’t fair and difficult to alter. Enabling people to make genuine choices based on real risks and opportunities.