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Monday, July 31, 2000


Single women in Australia entitled to state-financed in-vitro fertilization

A story published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that last week a Federal Court found that the infertility treatment laws in the province of Victoria were discriminatory, and that single women and lesbian couples could access that State's treatment facilities.

The ruling suggests that the laws in other regions of the nation will have to be changed too.

For example, single women and lesbians in the Northern Territory do not have access to in-vitro fertilization IVF) treatment.

The Territory's Health Minister, Steve Dunham, says the Territory's IVF program is administered from South Australia, in accordance with State laws.

He says male-female de facto and traditional Aboriginal relationships are recognized.

"To be eligible for treatment as a public patient, that is if the Northern Territory is to foot the bill for the treatment for somebody who's seeking reproductive medicine, they have to be living in a marriage recognised by the Northern Territory," Mr. Dunham said.

 

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