Is kill all the quangos. Sir Simon tells us why:
I served for five years on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and resigned with one conclusion ringing in my ears. If you want to deny women control over their bodies, you can rely on liberal-minded women (who dominated the authority) to do it for you. To them, other women were not to be trusted with their eggs or their wombs. Anyone seeking help to have a baby must be put under state control, for their own good of course.
The third consequence is that statist reactionaries, led by the professions, will gather round the innovation to try to kill it at birth.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Fertility Society are already proposing that egg freezing be permitted only for "medical" conditions, such as prior to a cancer operation, but not for "non-medical or lifestyle" reasons.
A member of the HFEA, Bill Ledger, was reported on Sunday as saying that "the group I worry about are women who are healthy and want to have kids, but do it later". I imagine they worry too, but what business is it of his? He added that the process is still uncertain and that these women were "taking a gamble for their future". Who is he to deny them that gamble? He then says that it costs £5,000, presumably more than the professor feels the poor things can possibly handle. He is a professor, but not the editor of Which?
Another fertility professor, Melanie Davies, agreed that freezing "should not be used for women who want to guarantee a family in the future". She attacked clinics for offering to store some eggs in return for women giving others to needy recipients. It was de facto egg-selling, and thus a shocking incentive. Besides, it might lead to the "emotional trauma" of a child knowing and possibly finding its natural mother, as the present law allows.
Shaw never spoke a truer word than that all professions are a conspiracy against the laity. What has a woman\’s lifestyle to do with Professors Ledger and Davies? Precisely the same arguments were deployed against contraception. It allowed women to choose when to have babies. It was indeed a lifestyle choice and, initially, something of a gamble. It cost money. I am surprised Ledger and Davies did not invoke those old enemies of scientific advance, the will of God and the natural order of things.
If we didn\’t have such appalling organisations making the rules by which we must live our lives then we wouldn\’t have such appalling rules foisted upon us by which we must live our lives.
Simply cut off their funding at source. You know it makes sense, kill a quango today.