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    Default WDYT - police checks for IVF

    So, as some people may know, you need to have a criminal history check done before accessing IVF and IUI in Victoria.

    What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Unfair? Should it happen in other states?

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    I think it's a bit ironic that deadbeats can have baby after baby naturally, but people that desperately want to conceive and are willing to pay the high cost of IVF have to pass criminal checks.

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    Given that the fertile population are not required to do this before conceiving or taking their baby home from the hospital I think this is unfair. My husband and I have been through this and while we have clean histories and so nothing to worry about it makes you feel as though you are required to prove if you are worthy of a child and often comes at a time when people are feeling quite vulnerable in terms of self esteem. I do understand the need to protect children but targeting such a small segment of the population is discriminatory in my opinion.

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    We had to do them for adoption and I thought that was fair enough, so i guess I can understand it for donor sperm/egg but perhaps not with your own embryo.

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    If IVF was totally free and provided through gov/Centrelink etc , I think it's ok that you have to prove you are of good character to access the services. But for privately operated businesses where you are paying for a service, I think that's not on

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    It is discrimination. Unless they are going to stop all fertile people from having children if they have a criminal history. I have to wonder though.. do they only deny IVF if it is a child related crime (paedophilia/child abuse) or are all people who have convictions against them denied access to IVF? I wouldnt think a traffic or shoplifting conviction from 15 years ago would be an issue?

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    It's discrimination if they want this then it has to be across the whole lot of society. Even the natural concievers!! And in their case criminal history = tubes tied or vasectomy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    We had to do them for adoption and I thought that was fair enough, so i guess I can understand it for donor sperm/egg but perhaps not with your own embryo.
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    Disgusting. Do it for all intending parents not just targeting beaten and desperate IVF and donor couples. Screen the deadbeats that bread like rabbits then don't know how to or don't want to parent. Might clean up society.

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    Default WDYT - police checks for IVF

    Out of curiosity, are those who are dead against this also against screening of adoptive and foster parents?

    I'm all for screening as many people as possible who will have responsibility of a child. If there was a feasible way to do this for people who conceive naturally I'd be all for it too - just not sure if is feasible / practicable.

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