Are Single Men in the UK Entitled to have a Baby using Fertility Treatment?

J Med Ethics Blog, 22 November 2016
Authors: Atina Krajewska, Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan, Melanie Fellowes
“The World Health Organisation is currently considering a change in the definition of infertility according to which, it has been reported, “single men and women without medical issues [would] be classed as ‘infertile’, if they do not have children but want to become a parent.” Although the WHO has not to date officially confirmed these reports, the possible changes have been considered controversial and provoked heated responses in other UK media. One of the main points of contention was the possibility of opening fertility treatment to single men. Before we engage in discussions about the new WHO standards concerning fertility treatment, which – it should be stressed – have not yet been officially announced or adopted, it is important to shed some light on the legal situation of single men in the UK, who wish to become single fathers using fertility treatment. This entry is aiming to exactly that.”
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