Ann Furedi, CEO of bpas, said:
“I thought this was a spoof when I read it - it's hard to see how anyone who understands the issues infertile couples face can indulge in this kind of stunt. It illustrates the dire state of access to assisted conception in this country, placing couples who can't afford private fees in an appalling situation where this kind of “lottery” – which they effectively have to pay to enter – may be their only hope of a baby.
“Bpas originally was set up as a not for profit charity to provide affordable abortion care for women who couldn't get NHS care, and based on the principle of never turning any woman away based on her ability to pay. We need to now think about taking that approach to IVF.”
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Notes to Editors:
Press release from Harley Street Fertility Clinic: http://hsfc.org.uk/ivf/hsfc-announces-free-ivf-treatment/
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.