Source: Juba TV
According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization will change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as â€œinfertile.â€� The controversial new classifications will make it so that heterosexual single men and women, as well as gay men and women who are seeking in vitro fertilization to have a child, will receive the same priority as couples. This could make access to public funds for IVF available to all.
The move to extend the definition of a disability to include social conditions has, predictably, angered some who consider it overreach by a medical organization that sets global standards.
Josephine Quintavalle, a pro-life activist and director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics told the Telegraph, â€œThis 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.â€� The â€œnatural intercourseâ€� intercourse line is painful but expected. Quantaville took it a step further down the anti-science road by saying, â€œHow long before babies are created and grown on request completely in the lab?â€�
For the WHOâ€™s Dr. David Adamson, one of the authors of the new standards, this move is about creating medical equality. He says, â€œThe 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.â€�
Dr. Adamson adds that, â€œIt puts a stake in the ground and says an individualâ€™s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner.â€� For countries with government provided healthcare and public funding for IVF procedures, this could have significant ramifications. â€œIt 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,â€� Adamson says.
Under the American Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is defined as someone with â€œa 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.â€� Because the ADA does not name all of the impairments that are covered, the new WHO guidelines could apply, or even be unnecessary. After all, having children is a major life activity for many people.
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