A recent decision from the World Health Organization says single people may qualify as “disabled.”
The Telegraph reports that the World Health Organization is changing the definition of disabilities. The decision, which is a controversial one, will make it so that in vitro fertilization will be available to heterosexual men and women without a partner, as well as single members of the LGBTQ community, on the same priority level that couples receive. Essentially, accessibility to public funds for IVF would be available to all.
Some disagree and consider it an overreach by a globally acclaimed medical organization who should be setting the bar.
One such person, a pro-life activist and director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, Josephine Quintavalle, tells the Guardian, “This absurd nonsense is not simply re-defining infertility but completely side-lining the biological process and significance of natural intercourse between a man and a woman.” As unfortunate as it is, it is expected that some people will follow the ‘natural intercourse’ line.
Josephine continues by asking, “How long before babies are created and grown on request completely in the lab?”
In defense of this argument, the World Health Organization’s Dr David Adamson, one of the authors of the new classification, believes that this move is about creating medical equality.
“The definition of infertility is now written in such a way that it includes the rights of all individuals to have a family, and that includes single men, single women, gay men, gay women,” says Adamson.
“It puts a stake in the ground and says an individual’s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner. It fundamentally alters who should be included in this group and who should have access to healthcare. It sets an international legal standard. Countries are bound by it,” he adds.
Those with government-assisted healthcare, and single people who live in areas that receive public funding for IVF procedures, this could have significant ramifications.
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines someone with a disability as a person with “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”
This means that these new WHO guidelines may or may not even apply, or be necessary, since the ADA doesn’t list these impairments.
The WHO has not yet deemed these new terms as “official” but progress seems to be moving forward. We also have yet to see what the consequences will be on the health programs of individual countries after the amendment is drafted.
So for those of you who are single, the WHO classifies you as ‘infertile,’ which is not necessarily a bad or insulting thing. It simply means that you’re now in the same priority class as couples for access to public IVF funds.
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