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Case #36

A 'tax on being LGBT'

A lesbian couple are launching a landmark judicial review against their NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for its "discriminatory" fertility policy.

Megan and Whitney Bacon-Evans say they are required to undergo 12 rounds of costly private treatment before they can get NHS support. Heterosexual couples on the other hand, have to try to conceive for two years before becoming eligible for NHS-funded treatment.

"Our research has found that female same-sex couples and single women are disproportionately impacted by policies which require that they self-finance costly, and less effective, artificial insemination, in some cases for at least two years, before becoming eligible for funded IVF," says Marta Jansa Perez, director of embryology at BPAS Fertility.

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