A married lesbian couple are to launch a landmark “gay tax” discrimination case against the NHS after they faced higher IVF costs because of their sexual orientation.
Megan Bacon-Evans, 34, and her wife Whitney, 33, have accused their NHS fertility branch of discriminating against them because they are gay.
The local clinical commissioning group in Windsor requires “same-sex partnerships, single women and couples unable to undertake vaginal intercourse”, to pay privately for 12 IVF treatments before becoming eligible for NHS help.
Given that very large numbers of people do manage this on their own perhaps it is valid to ask those who decide not to do it on their own to pay at least a bit toward their ambition? Not that I’m particularly wedded to any particular explanation here but the base idea does seem reasonable enough. After all, the claim is that the NHS should go collect some sperm for one or other of them. They’re not claiming that the NHS must take cells from one and alter them so as to fertilise the other (apparently this has been done somewhere or other). They’re demanding free sperm from some random bloke. And free sperm collection does seem to be easy enough as nightclubs the land over demonstrate every weekend.