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In an article published in the Telegraph, World Health Organization (WHO) is set to include people without a sexual partner as ‘Infertile’ and classify them as disabled people. This new classification has drawn a lot of controversies when revealed. The move was made so that heterosexual and homosexual men and women who are seeking Vitro Fertilization for a child will be given the same priority as normal couples. This, in turn, will make public funds for IVF available to all.
The extension of the definition of disability to include social conditions has angered many. The people who opposed this decision considers it as an overreach by a global-standard-setting medical organization.
Josephine Quintavalle, a pro-life activist and director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics told the Telegraph, “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.” The “natural intercourse” intercourse line is painful but expected. Quintavalle took it a step further down the anti-science road by saying, “How long before babies are created and grown on request completely in the lab?”
In response to Quintavalle’s comment, Dr. David Adamson, representative of WHO and one of the makers of the new standard replied, “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.”
“It puts a stake in the ground and says an individual’s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner. For countries with government provided healthcare and public funding for IVF procedures, this could have significant ramifications. 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,” Adamson added.
Under the American Disabilities Act, ‘Disability’ is defined as “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.”
As the ADA didn’t list all the impairments. But the new guidelines by WHO can be applied or be discarded as unnecessary. Having a family with children is a major life activity for many people.
The terms are not yet official, but things are moving forward. The effects of the new move of individual countries’ health programs are yet to be seen.
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