Luckily we have been able to afford our IVF treatments over the years (just). But where would be if we weren’t in well-paying jobs? Well; we wouldn’t be pregnant.
I can think of at least two people who can’t afford to have a baby yet via IVF. One is a 24-year-old workmate who says she wants to start a family but can’t afford IVF. Her partner has a potentially debilitating condition which they don’t want to pass onto their kids. They’ve been advised that they should therefore use IVF to selectively weed out the condition.
Goodness knows how this would be done, but they’re not going to be able to find out for years, as they just don’t have the money yet.
The other person I know of has had embryos donated to her. But she can’t use them as she doesn’t have the money either. How cruel is that situation? I would find it unbearable.
I think it’s incredibly unfair that those with money are the ones who can do IVF, while those without funds, simply can’t. In future I’m sure this situation will be looked back on as being ridiculous, inhumane and discriminatory.
I wonder what we can do now to try even the odds, so that everyone can get free IVF – as apparently they already do in some countries like Israel? Does anyone know of any other locations where IVF is available to everyone?