AJ Allen 28 Apr 11 -
Today, The Reader.es, reports that: ‘A woman who wants to become a mother says that she has been refused fertility treatment on the national health service because she is a lesbian.
Silvia Garcia, 30, does not currently have a partner but is eager to have a child of her own. However, she was told by the head of the fertility branch at her local hospital in Asturias that he was under orders from the regional ministry to refuse to attend to unmarried heterosexual women or lesbians.
A similar decision was made in the same region concerning another unmarried lesbian who wanted to become a mother. They were more or less told that unless they had a sterile male as a partner, they did not qualify and would have to pay for private fertility treatment, says Garcia.
Spain’s health minister, Leire Pajin, denied that this could be the case as she said the national care system does not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation . But Garcia said the consultant specifically told her that lesbians were not entitled to treatment. That word did not have to come up she concludes.
She says the other lesbian in her situation, Andrea Munoz, believed that it was a way of using sexual orientation to exclude some patients, in order to save money. Garcia is currently pursuing legal action.’