Why does the NHS spend on fertility treatment for transgender people?

Oct 3, 2017 by

by Richard Littlejohn, Mailonline:

[…] Sadly, what we’re seeing here is just another insane manifestation of the suffocating nanny statism which has infantilised a generation of young people into believing that they have an inalienable ‘right’ to anything they want, gratis.

Never mind the thorny ethical question of whether the NHS should be freezing the sperm of confused schoolboys well below the legal age of sexual consent. What about the cost?

You don’t have to be a raging ‘transphobe’ to question the sanity of this scheme. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former chairman of the ethics committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, said: ‘The NHS is about treating people who are ill — that’s what we pay our taxes for.

‘It is not to aid people’s various wishes about what they want to do with their bodies or their futures.

‘With increasing pressure on the NHS and so many essential services not being delivered, where are these funds for fertility treatment coming from?’

Precisely. None of this comes cheap. Egg-freezing costs £4,000 for one cycle and around £300 a year for storage. The price of preserving sperm is around £400, plus £300 a year to keep it frozen.

The current cost of providing this ‘service’ is believed to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. But with more young people being encouraged by proselytising trans campaigners to question their gender, the sky’s the limit.

We keep being told that the NHS is in permanent financial crisis. Why should taxpayers have to foot the bill for crackpot transgender fertility treatments when some patients face an interminable wait for operations to alleviate painful, commonplace conditions, such as cataracts and hip replacements?

No one has the right to expect the state to pay for men who become women to father children — or for women who become men to give birth. And, no, I still can’t believe I’ve just written that paragraph, either.

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