New discriminatory laws for the small percentage of the Victorian population that are medically deemed as infertile came into effect as of 1st January.
What this means is that would be parents, including those people already undergoing IVF, are required to have child protection order and police record checks to ensure that they will be suitable parents.
People undergoing IVF constitute a small minority of people who wish to pursue the great dream of having children. Yet they are penalised and need to be approved by bureaucrats before they can attempt conception. Its a case where the laws are targeted at a minority.
IVF patient, Carol Poole, has recently been approved to recommence IVF after running through hoops to get Police Record Checks and Child Protection Order Checks to the clinic in time so she can start another cycle.
While the whole process annoys her, she seriously doubts that the Government would have passed these laws if they were applied to a larger number of the population.
“Imagine the widespread government backlash if the laws were applied to every person who intended on becoming a parent. I don’t imagine it would be a very popular government policy. If the laws were applied to everyone, I’m tipping their would be massive public outrage and the Victorian government would lose their next election.”
“The laws are a joke. No other country in the world requires this level of regulation in relation to IVF. The laws are clearly discriminatory,” she said.