Let's first make something clear. We don't think everyone should procreate. In some cases, we really wish they wouldn't. In fact, if we had our druthers, we might actually sit down with a few of them and ask: "Are you really sure you want to do this, Mrs. Hitler?"
For example, if you're a 27-year-old woman who's been trying for over three years to get knocked up, we wouldn't deny you IVF just because your husband fathered two kids in a previous relationship.
A nationally funded clinic in the UK, however, seems to see things differently.
According to the Mail Online, Janine Macallister is facing the exact predicament laid out above — despite the fact that the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says three cycles of IVF treatments should be provided to women between the ages of 23 and 39 who've struggled with infertility for at least three years. Armstrong Blames Crow's Biological Clock For Split
And while individual primary care clinics (or trusts, as they're referred to in the UK) are allowed to create their own restrictions beyond those provided by NICE, even Dawn Primarolo, the minister for health, has asked primary care trusts to "have regard" for their guidelines.
Macallister, for her part, is not ready to give up on her clinic, despite its restrictions. In a recent letter to them, she wrote: "I am the one who has the problem, not my husband and I am the one in need of treatment, not my husband. I would completely understand you denying us treatment if we already had a child together, which is not the case."
If Macallister and her husband continue to be denied treatment by their nationally funded trust, they may eventually be forced to consider paying for the treatments (which cost 8000 pounds per three cycles) out-of-pocket — something they can't imagine doing on her receptionist's paycheck and his warehouse manager's salary.
One can't help but wonder: If there are only so many nationally subsidized fertility treatments to go around, how should they be distributed? Is IVF a luxury only for the rich and famous? And aside from Mrs. Hitler, is there anyone who definitely shouldn't receive it?