And just when you thought you were completely across the modern family, we welcome: VIRGIN BIRTHS.
Yes, you read that right. Virgin Births. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sitting there scratching your head, trying to reconcile high school sex-ed lessons, bible stories of the Virgin Mary, and maybe some hand-drawn diagrams of the fallopian tubes from your mum in grade two. Virgin births….how?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the 411 on the all-new Virgin Births.
Not quite the miraculous immaculate conceptions you were hoping for, the all-new ‘virgin births’ are referring to the young women across the UK and US who are paying around $10,000 for IVF treatments to start a family – regardless of the fact they have never had sex.
Many of these women have never had a relationship either, with reasons ranging from sexual and social phobias to religious or cultural beliefs.
Let’s make a few things clear. Firstly, the demographic we are discussing are are heterosexual females, not homosexual women wanting the chance start a family. Moreover, these are heterosexual virgins – women who list the only reason for IVF as not wanting to embark on a sexual relationship with a man. They have no other fertility issues that they are aware of.
Secondly, it’s also important to note that in the UK there are no pre-requisites (as with adoption) that require a female to be married or in a relationship before embarking on IVF. It is open to all. However, private health insurance and/or the government will not provide funding to IVF treatments unless you can prove that you have exhausted all other options, with the NHS requiring you to have engaged in at least 2 years of normal sexual behaviour before being allowed to try IVF treatment. So whilst it’s very expensive, it’s completely legal.
Lets start with the big question: should heterosexual virgins be allowed to artificially inseminate themselves with donor sperm to avoid having sex?