It’s not official yet, but according to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization is set to change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as “infertile.” So all you singletons out there, you may soon have a disability.
But it’s for a good reason, we swear.
The new classifications would allow all single men and women to have the same rights as couples when it comes to seeking in vitro fertilization. The authors of the new global standards said the revised definition will give every individual “the right to reproduce.” This could also make access to public funds for IVF available to all.
“The definition of infertility is now written in such a way that it includes the rights of all individuals to have a family, and that includes single men, single women, gay men, gay women,” Dr. David Adamson, one of the authors of the new standards, told the Telegraph.
The controversial move has obviously raised outraged eyebrows from those who want to keep the status quo.
“This absurd nonsense is not simply redefining infertility but completely sidelining the biological process and significance of natural intercourse between a man and a woman,” said Josephine Quintavalle, a pro-life activist and director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics. “How long before babies are created and grown on request completely in the lab?”
The World Health Organization has yet to make the new definition official, but it seems to be moving forward. While it sets an international legal standard by which countries will be bound, only time will tell how each country’s health care programs will actually implement the changes. But redefining infertility as more than just a medical condition seems like the progressive way to go, no?