Mixed-Sex couples get access to free fertility care in England. Same-sex couples, however, have to pay up to $33,998.88.

Because of this discrimination, a lesbian couple, Megan Bacon-Evans and her wife Whitney, filed a lawsuit against the National Health Service after being “shocked and devastated” at the barriers to starting their family under the current rules in November 2021. 

“We’re doing this for every LGBT+ couple who had to give up on their hopes and dreams of creating a family,” said Bacon-Evans in a statement to The Guardian

“It’s time for discrimination to end and for there to be equal treatment with heterosexual couples in the healthcare system.” 

Stonewall, a charity in England, is also fighting back against this inequality. 

They’re calling for England to address the inequalities and for the government to prioritize equitable access to fertility services for all same-sex couples, according to Yahoo! News.

“Access to fertility services should not be dictated by where you live or who you love, but our new tool highlights that LGBTQ+ people face a discriminatory postcode lottery when trying to access NHS fertility services,” said Nancy Kelley, chief executive of Stonewall. “It’s outrageous that, in some areas, LGBTQ+ couples trying to start a family using IVF have to pay £25,000 more than their neighbors to access vital fertility services. For many, this extra financial burden is insurmountable.”

Stonewall’s new tool highlights the difficulties same-sex couples face while trying to access NHS in-vitro fertilization. It analyzed data compiled by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and found that 80% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) require gay couples to pay for at least three rounds of artificial insemination out of their own pocket to access IVF on the NHS, Pink News reported.

A fifth of CCGs demand same-sex couples pays a dozen cycles of artificial insemination, which can cost up to £25,000 ($33,998.88). 

Mixed-sex couples, however, do not have to pay anything, according to Pink News. They just have to say that they’ve been trying to conceive naturally for two years to access IVF. 

Only 14 CCGs in England do not require LGBT parents-to-be to pay anything before accessing NHS care.

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