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NHS to Fund Sperm Bank For Lesbians



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The UK’s NHS shows how centralized control mixes with politics to make health care increasingly expansive and expensive.  

Latest example: the socialized plan will now sponsor a sperm bank–with eugenics implications–allowing lesbians and single women to find sperm donors. From the Daily Mail story:

Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children. For as little as £300 – less than half the cost of the service at a private clinic – they will be able to search an online database and choose an anonymous donor on the basis of his ethnicity, height, profession and even hobbies.

The bank, which is due to open in October, will then send out that donor’s sperm to a clinic of the client’s choice for use in trying for a baby.

Heterosexual couples will also be able to benefit, but the move – funded by the Department of Health – is largely designed to meet the increasing demand from thousands of women who want to start a family without having a relationship with a man.

How is helping women find the sperm of their dreams a matter of providing health care?

And remember, the NHS rations treatments to the really sick like late stage cancer patients.

California has a new law requiring group health insurance to pay for infertility treatments for gay people in the same way it does those who are straight. But straights can only receive the treatment if they are actually infertile, while theoretically, every gay person in California is deemed infertile for this purpose regardless of their actual medical condition. 

All of this is germane to Obamacare’s cultural hegemony agenda, which is never going to be limited to forcing religious objectors to fund contraception.  That’s just the key that opens the door.

How will we ever control health care costs when we expand the meaning of health and wellness to the breaking points, and then put them on the public or insurance companies’ dimes?



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