'Gay women should be entitled to fertility treatment'
New guidelines are being revealed tomorrow which could allow women over the age of 40 and lesbian couples to be entitled to fertility treatment on the NHS.
DEBBIE Law is convinced gay women should be entitled to fertility treatment.
The landlady of city centre pub The New Foresters feels plans to introduce this entitlement in new guidelines will be widely welcomed.
The 49-year-old said: "I've been a lesbian all of my life. Just because people are gay doesn't mean they don't have motherly instincts.
"They should be allowed to have children.
"It will make it a lot easier and it will take a lot of stress off the girls' minds. It is a positive move. We should all be classed as equals."
It has been reported that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will tomorrow recommend that lesbian couples be offered six cycles of artificial insemination and IVF, if necessary, on the NHS.
The guidelines will also suggest that women between the ages of 40 and 42 should be allowed to have NHS-funded treatment. Thecurrent limit is 40.
Despite the announcement, local health authorities are not bound to implement the rules.
A spokesman for the NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for local health services, said: "We currently have a region-wide policy for IVF, based on the existing guidelines. While we welcome the new guidelines, we need to be mindful of the potential cost to the local NHS.
"We have a limited budget for providing health services and must consider how this is best spent to meet the needs of local people."
Dr Simon Fishel – who was a member of the team that helped conceive the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown, born in 1978 – said: "For too long now the care and support for many couples suffering from fertility problems has been woeful.
"I hope these guidelines will be acted upon by the commissioners and more IVF is offered to people who need it."
Mr Fishel is also the founder of Care Fertility on the Nottingham Business Park, which helps around 5,000 people a year to have babies.