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Lesbian couple win fight for IVF on the NHS

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 0 comments

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Lesbian couple win fight for IVF on the NHSA LESBIAN couple have won the right to IVF [in vitro fertilization] on the NHS [National Health Service] after a legal tussle, ahead of laws that will put same-sex patients on an equal footing with heterosexuals.

The couple, who remain anonymous, had to go through a legal fight to push the NHS to fund IVF because, at the moment, individual trusts decide whether they wish to pay for treatment for lesbians.

The couple were initially refused IVF by their primary care trust because they were of the same sex. One of the women had polycystic ovarian syndrome, which disrupts ovulation, and is one of the most common causes of infertility.

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