Herald Sun March 18, 2011
Almost 500 single women and lesbians have used IVF and other fertility treatments in the past year in Victoria. Taxpayers are subsidising the women who plan to raise children without biological dads. The law was changed in January 2010 to allow Medicare rebates for women who are not infertile to access assisted reproduction. IVF clinics are reporting a significant number of women accessing their services for the first time in Victoria. The upsurge includes TV and radio personality Sami Lukis, who has gone public about her desire to access IVF using donor sperm to have a baby as a 40-year-old single woman. The average age of single women and lesbians accessing fertility treatment is 39.5, two years higher than partnered and heterosexual IVF users. One in three women having children is now unmarried – up from 16 per cent in the 1980s.