Blog about having premature ovarian failure and trying donor IVF with my sister's eggs

George Michael picture from the 80sI saw George Michael in the flesh once.  I was having dinner in a North London pub and he came and sat in a neighbouring booth with some friends of his.

My cousin who I was with just about wet her pants. She was a fan in the 80s and told me she used to gaze adoringly at her Wham poster every night.

George is well known and loved for his music.  Along with Elton John, he is one of the UK’s most well known gay icons.

Western society for the most part understands and supports gay people although there are still those with strange and deranged ideas. One of the craziest is that gay people are more at risk of being pedophiles. God knows how this association was ever made but the link is offensive, outrageous and unfounded.

Similarly unfair is the need for people seeking IVF to have to undergo police record checks in Victoria, Australia.

Do parents who can conceive naturally have to get a police record check first?  Why not?  Why should those who use assisted reproduction have to be checked?

As this is a hoop Ross and I have to jump through, this week we begin the process of getting our police records for both Australia and the UK, where we lived before we moved here.

I wonder what on earth the people who passed the legislation compelling the checks last year were thinking?

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/parents-angered-by-ivf-police-checks-20090903-f8m6.html

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Comments on: "Pedofile checks for IVF users – unfair" (3)

  1. We didn’t have to have a police check. instead we just had to fill out a form that was practically a checklist – Have you ever been convicted of child abuse? Yes / No.

    Seems like a foolproof way for social services to make sure they don’t let the ‘wrong’ people have babies. (As long as the abusers don’t lie as well as abuse…)

  2. On the one hand this does seem extremely absurd. On the other, I’m reminded of a quote from the movie Parenthood: “you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.” So maybe they should require it for all parents. 😉
    I’m mostly kidding. It seems ridiculous that you have to do this. I don’t know of any place in the States that does that. But then again, we have OctoMom.

  3. […] our police check certificates still haven’t arrived (yes, in Victoria Australia, we have to prove that we are not paedofiles before we are allowed […]

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